Telling the life and work of an artist like Cinzia Cotellessa, who has worked for over thirty years passing through many periods and styles, is a complex operation.
I just want to remember her sanguine, her nudes, the delicious Angels, portraits of great artists and then, in the aniconic phase, the golf balls and now the eggs, always interspersed with the ribbon of life, the ribbon that accompanied various periods of her painting, binding them to each other.
The EGGS, a collection of 100 pieces born in 2007 as small oils on canvas, are often represented in their simplicity and purity of lines: a universal symbol of fertility and life, indeed of rebirth. In ancient times, the egg was offered to the chthonic deities for auspiciousness, in the hope of fertility and good fortune.
In Christianity, which has been able to draw from Paganism the most appropriate and useful symbols for its message, it has always been connected to the Easter of rebirth and to the medieval custom of giving colored hard-boiled eggs in the church. All ancient cultures, Western and Eastern, see the egg laid by the dove as the end of the primordial chaos and the origin of the world and order.
In EGGS, Cynthia Cotellessa dedicates a section to the cracked Egg Lamps broken up by a large fracture in the center from which the light comes out, beautiful lamps in the colors of the 5 natural elements, plus some specimens bearing the ideogram symbol of Metal.
The series of eggs ends with the flowing, scrolling, knotting and unfolding of Ribbons; winding ribbons that intertwine and melt, both solitary and represented on the curved surface of the eggs, as symbols of the eternal and continuous becoming in the search of this extraordinary artist for motion and flow of time and life that is so well represented in her wonderful EGGS.