The exhibit will present works specially designed and conceived for the occasion by the two artists and will
highlight different aspects of their artistic production.
Alessandro Diaz di Santillana has always worked on the different qualities of glass by exalting its surface.
The glass is subjected to a mirrored treatment and is used as a screen that receives, but at the same time,
returns the image.
On the other hand, Laura de Santillana has always studied the plastic and transparent features of glass by
treating it as a malleable material and making extensive use of colour.
For the Marignana Arte art exhibit, Alessandro Diaz de Santillana has specially designed his series “6 Sogni”
(6 dreams), a large installation (3.5 x 2.5 meters) in which he experiments with the dark transparent and
“murky” effects of glass on paper. 6 Sogni is a sequence on reflection, articulated in variations processed on
a photographic base and transferred to paper with digital printing. This is a completely new and
unprecedented work for Alessandro Diaz de Santillana that suggests new interpretations and ways to view
his artistic career.
For the Marignana Arte art exhibit, Laura de Santillana has created a book/object, Tokyo-Ga, a tribute to the
series of glass works with the same name, from which she draws inspiration for the pure and vibrant colours.
It is a sequence of transparent and multi-coloured foils that follow one another like the pages of a book. This
is a hybrid that is placed somewhere between an artistic and multiple book of which Marignana Arte
published 70 numbered and signed copies.
Starting from this experience of printing on synthetic materials, Laura de Santillana has produced other works
formed by the layering of figures that show the chromatic, opaque and dynamic effects of her sculptural
For Marignana Arte, Laura de Santillana has created her own "notebook", a "diary" on glass inspired by Franz
Kafka’s Blue Octavo Notebooks. Developing a number of variations and shades of blue, the artist goes
through the different stages of her personal poetics. Based on fragments and impressions collected during
her trips to the Czech Republic, the work consists of a series of "pages" made of glass, where one can clearly
recognize some of the most iconic aspects of her career.
The two artists will engage in a dialogue involving the elements that have always characterised their work.
The opaqueness, reflections and dark and deep colours that are the essential elements of the work by
Alessandro Diaz de Santillana will be interfaced with the transparencies and bright colours of the works by
Laura de Santillana.