FATIMA MESSANA: ORACLE OF THE ABYSS
by Maria Rita Montagnani
When bitter Hecate
You cannot flee
her loathsome wing
Like a caress
she strikes a
You hide in a world
that does not yet exist.
All that is most obscure
is akin to you.
“The sculptures of Fatima Messana bring into play two opposing and contrasting forces – thought and emotion – which, within their dialectic and creative contrast, become complementary and necessary to one another. In fact, thought builds conjecture that is often demolished by emotion, just as feelings create new ways and worlds that reason then investigates, making them intelligible, developing the dimension of awareness.
Fatima Messana seems to be burdened with the weight and mass of an archaic heritage, centuries old, that the young artist manages to combine with her expert knowledge of modern materials and techniques to forge work that is contemporary and immediate. But today, the present is and remains a territory that is more uncertain and arduous than ever, a no-man’s land, a hazardous terrain swept by thousand-year old gales and storms but that could still emerge as a fertile land for new visions and unconventional existential perspectives.
In these works there is something that is not openly expressed, but only hinted and barely palpable; something sibylline, almost prescient,… there is a sensation of danger, an imminent or future threat, that casts a long shadow of strange foreboding before and within us like a sense of uneasy presentiment or vague premonition. And this presentiment is the place of our conscious inconsistency, the root of fearful unknown territories teeming with shadows, doubts, queries and terrifying bottomless voids that open up among rock-hard human certainties. In this state of suspension, everything is on the brink of toppling from its solid immobility, as if an invisible mind or hand places each thing in precarious equilibrium on the sense of its own enigma.
If, for the artist, sculpture signifies giving a familiar face to what is most foreign to us, for Fatima Messana it represents tearing away the customary face of the things that seem recognisable to return them to their obscure origins… finally flinging them magnificently into the abyss of the void and the unknown”.
Maria Rita Montagnani
Art critic / independent curator