- Medium: acrylic and enamel on canvas
- Size (width x height x depth in cm): 20 x 20 x 4 cm
- Framed/Unframed: unframed
- Condition: good
- Signed on the back
“Display" series is an ongoing investigation on industrial design:
"Begun in 2008, when I was living in Milan, the capital of design, the paintings are a tribute to human being and his ability to imagine, create, build with his own hands and his own intellect beautiful, useful and even dangerous objects. The project's aim is to remind us that we are capable of anything. I continue painting objects whose design boggles me; as I don't want to possess them I depict them.” - Mary Cinque on "Display" series
This perspective reminds of the British art critic John Berger's "Ways of Seeing": "Oil paintings often depict things. Things which in reality are buyable. To have a thing painted and put on canvas is not unlike buying it and putting it in your house. If you buy a painting you buy also the look of the thing it represents." - John Berger, "Ways of Seeing"
Mary Cinque, Showergel (Display Series)
Mary Cinque (b.1979) lives and works in London, after previous prolific experiences of encapsulating the city in Naples, New York, Philadelphia, Milan and Addis Ababa.
Mary Cinque spent her childhood between Italy and Ethiopia. Her grandfather was a photographer and she inherited this passion from him; she thinks that photographs are means to express feelings and a way to celebrate daily life as well as hidden aesthetics.
Over the years, the artist has adopted multiple practices, including photography, cartoons, graphics, watercolours and painting: "I see commercials, comics books, cartoons, posters, MTV and photographs. I love the reality around me, I think it is perfect".