ANNA GILI SOUL DESIGN
HOW THE MAGIC WORLD OF ANNA GILI WAS BORN
Anna Gili narrows a story of real and imaginary animals.
The designer and artist, Anna Gili’s live testimony to the presence and message of her greatly loved animals .
She projects Figures which sometimes appear as sculptures, or perhaps graphic inventions, jewels, vases, even as poetical objects in everyday use, sheep- chairs and cow-sideboards; or then again as severe and totemic self-illuminating icons, in infinite variations of the same theme, accompanied by emblematic phrases.
A world and a far-reaching herd of souls, expressed in their candid purity, before, and out of reach of the malice of man. Animals, friends and companions.
And so, therefore, in Anna Gili’s design, we see the formation of an encyclopedic discourse, along with a didactic and methodological stance, all through fairytales, and the classification and imaginative anecdotes of stories of each case and species.
Where the intuition of the artist and the precision of the designer express the most intimate sphere of their metaphorical research, and where every animal face expresses its own specific sensitivity in its relating to us.
The visual message, the project of a system of signs and meanings, a complex testimonial, an iconography of communication which dips into the seriousness of a primordial world and the shadows of the Umbrian landscape; these are the essential points of reference for Anna Gili. This then, is a story of animals.
And just as in Aesop’s times, there is a moral to it, in fact two, which are radical concepts in our day and age of violence: firstly, that animals, unlike humankind, are devoid of malice; secondly, that we should come back to them in a new scenario for a different era.