Thomas Braida, ‘come perle ai porci’, 2012, SEA Foundation

On first viewing, looking at the work of Thamas Braida (1982) feels like a form of ‘grounded observing’ . For a moment, ratio can be put aside to open the door to your primal instincts. Because, whether you want it or not, Braida appeals directly to the subconscious. In terms of content, the works display a connection with symbolism: the subconscious is being lifted by alienating, apparent metaphors. His brush strokes are thick and have an almost tangible presence in space. Sometimes, they are fused into a haze that acts like a filter, which, from a viewer’s perspective, can create the experience of being under water or being surrounded by heavy fog. The viewing experience thus becomes blurred. Braida makes us feel that we enter a world that slumbers elsewhere, deep beneath the surface of what we already know. But this does not necessarily mean that his works are all veiled in darkness.


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