There’s only one day left in which to visit the current exhibition in the foyer of Bagni di Lucca town hall. It’s a display of paintings and poems by Silvia Pasqualetti who earns her living on the Piaggio assembly line in Pontedera. The exhibition is called ‘Fiori di coscienza’. (Flowers of consciousness)
It’s clear from Pasqualetti’s pictures that the area round BdL provides an escape from the tedious grind of the scooter factory. The subjects include abundant images of nature, especially rivers and trees. Here’s the bridge at Cevoli near Fabbriche di Casabasciana:
And this is part of the villa Fiori gardens:
The subject manner varies from naïve naturalism to almost abstract geometry. More recent efforts by Pasqualetti concentrate in the division of a painting into squares, rather like a sheet of stamps.
Some of the images appear sadly haunting. I wonder what’s going on in the artist’s mind here.
This most abstract of her canvases I find a little reminiscent of Delaunay in its kaleidoscope of colour.
The poems accompany the paintings and are, in effect, verbal blueprints for the subjects depicted. It’s a pity that translations of them were not done as they might have cast more light on the paintings themselves.
It is to be hoped that Piaggio will encourage Silvia Pasqualetti in her artistic endeavour – the firm has a good track record for sponsoring the arts and there is even an arts activity centre in its factory