A tribute to the unbearable lightness of creation.
It’s no accident that my adult life has been punctuated by art: it’s a result of thousands of small choices that have come my way. If one had to summarize the decisive moments - what they had in common in leading me to take a step to the left or to the right - it would be the unexpected. The exhibition “Portraits” must be one of the most unexpected.
Liselotte Watkins and her work has been well known to me for a long time. Her India ink pen has given vitality and character to the fashion world and her defiant, backward-leaning women have lived on beyond most collections and trends because Liselotte Watkins is an artist with the unexpected as her most important material and instrument. Now she has filled the top floor of CFHILL with her uniquely decorated vessels. A tribute to generations of Italian matriarchs as well as to the unbearable lightness of creativity.
I would also extend a warm thanks to Naomi Itkes, who contacted CFHILL about this project, which grew into a bubbling energy field which I rapidly let go of my control over - something I am particularly happy about. More than an exhibition with wholly new objects, the result is a total experience. Mimi Xu, the musician, has composed a Roman polyphonic, interactive installation, and the extraordinary writers, Tone Schunnesson and Martina Montelius have contributed original texts, each of which in their own ways reminds us of both the terrifying and the wonderful aspects of life.