In his first solo show at IA&A AT HILLYER in Washington D.C., Ruffo investigates the themes of explorations and migrations drawing inspiration from the geographers and the astronomers of the ancient times to reflect on today’s history, conflicts and human relationships.
In our days, there seems to be a return to an ancestral journey that looks at the sky, the sun and the stars. In the three tapestries titled SKY WALKERS, the artist shows cut-out silhouettes of people relocating, delineating an increasingly interconnected humanity, that goes beyond geographical and cultural boundaries.
In CONSTELLATIONS – watercolor and cutouts on paper laid on canvas – Ruffo superimposes two different geographical maps. The background consists of a terrestrial map, an instrument which over the centuries has increasingly become more precise. The raised level, however, painted and cut out, represents a celestial map in which the main stars and the constellations are represented by imagery related to Greek mythology. Albeit inaccurate from a scientific point of view, these maps were immutable over the centuries and, therefore, considered reliable.
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