BREATHTAKING OIL PAINTING BY MARCO GRASSI.
The painting “Captivity” was meant to represent metaphorically the relationship between humans and nature. Human race is represented by a young girl with a thoughtful gaze who embraces her knees and the environment by the mellow green chameleon which melts into the color of the background. The proximity of the two within the scene reflects the connection which we still have with the natural world. Both parts combine with each other. This link between them can be see clearly through the presence of the golden chain which bonds little finger of the represented figure and the animal itself. Dainty precious collar tightens around chameleon’s neck. In this way I wanted to underline the total subordination and submission of the captivated nature. I wanted to oppose the emotional states of both figures: while the human figure seems perfectly calm, almost absent and lost in her own thoughts, the animal appears to scream, but his cry is not supposed to be heard. There is something else in a way the person behaves: an absolute carelessness about the chameleon, almost as the animal weren’t even there… I would say that this kind of gestural expressiveness mirrors perfectly our current attitude towards nature. We enslaved the natural world and only to some extend we care what is going on there. On the other hand, the nakedness of the figure represents vulnerability and fragility that characterize our species against the powers of the universe. The use of gold inside the scene underlines the value which nature still plays and will play in our day-to-day existence and our survival. It is extremely precious even if often neglected. Imprisoned and almost invisible, but still present as the chameleon whose shape blends softly into the delicate hue of the background of the painting.
Marco Grassi is an Italian Artist born in Reggio Emilia in 1987 who instead of dedicating himself to the boring world of accounting, has decided to dedicate his life to his great passion for drawing. After graduating in accounting, he enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna.