In the Dreaming series, Daria Petrilli brings us into these fairy-tale worlds. In “Lady of the Red Ibis,” a woman leads six red ibises through a dreamscape, holding leashes tied around their long necks. Eyes down, she seems to be frozen in place. In "Dual Nature", identical twins look out from the piece with an intense gaze. One appears to be wearing a meadow, the other is dressed dramatically in black. Different in nature. In "Loneliness of an Anthurium", the solo laceleaf flower reflects the solitude of the protagonist whose head is, quite literally, up in the clouds.
Daria Petrilli digitally edits existing images, resulting in pieces of figurative symbolism reminiscent of classical painting. On her creative process, the Italian artist says: “I reworks photographs with digital painting interventions. I create a collage ... a triumph of Photoshop. I could have also used traditional instruments, but these illustrations were born as a personal amusement and I made them without the vetoes of a client and in the most immediate way.”
Daria Petrilli’s style blurs the lines between reality and imagination. With her singular visual vocabulary, she guides us into mystical worlds, making the subjects’ loneliness almost physically perceptible. The artist finds the balance between the Italian Renaissance and the subversive language of Pop Surrealism.