In the work and life of Morg Armeni, things sensually intertwine among tattoo and art, femininity and nature, sacred arts and pop surrealism. Indeed, the Italian artist has a taste for blends, with a cunning, daring and uncanny style. Morg Armeni is an internationally acclaimed tattoo artist, renowned for a very personal illustrative form of traditional tattooing. She founded her own shop in 2005, the Morganic Heart Tattoo Studio in Genova. Displaying work in tattoo conventions and exhibitions around the world, in 2011 she put her tattooing career at rest to focus on her art.
A missing link between the classic Flemish fantasies of Hieronymus Bosch and the explicit pop surrealism of Mark Ryden, the work of Morg Armeni is an ode to femininity. Using oil paintings on canvas and wood panels, as well as watercolor, ink and mixed media techniques, she focuses on mystic female figures. From mothers to goddesses, women achieve power through nature and sexual freedom while the medieval symbols flirt with the subconscious.
Friday, March 18, 2016 | 18:30
March 18– April 17, 2016
Parione9 – studio bandazzi
via di Parione 9, 00186 Roma (piazza Navona)
“Morgasmatron redemption through delight is Morg Armeni’s first solo show in Rome. The internationally acclaimed tattooer and artist immerses the viewer in her visionary, mystical and uncanny world. The exhibition curated by Parione9 shows her most recent works: oils on canvas and on wood panels, as well as the exceptional presentation of some works on paper never exhibited before. The central subject of her artistic poetics is the female figure, idealized as a divine creature who conveys justice and balance to a painted world, as the result of a transfiguration of the reality that surrounds us. A woman, a mother, a goddess that heals and exorcises our inner demons, sits in a composition of imagery which is the results of a fusion of hues, characters and landscapes of a decadent and surreal scenario. Her fine technique and scrupulous attention to detail frame this late-medieval and pop-surreal fantasy inspired by painters of the past such as Bruegel, Bosch and Fouquet all the way to the contemporary Mark Raiden. Autobiographical and spiritual notes coalesce in Morg’s work, resulting in a transcendental harmony which for her is synonymous with redemption.”