Entering the art world means be sucked in a vortex, and today’s vortex brought us in the painter and restorer Elisa, laboratory. She welcomes us with a wonderful smile and her white coat on, her work outfit, inviting us to follow her inside her laboratory. She starts doing the honours, while she shows the way and all the objects she is working at, that seem waiting to be brought back to their original splendour.
Fabio Marciano lifestyle Photographer
All this creative chaos makes me think about Merlin’s laboratory, full of colourful alembics in precarious balance one on the other. We are literally immersed between instruments of any kind: painted canvas, white canvas, fabrics, cans, brushes, easel and everything else that comes up in your mind is present. Maybe Elisa is a wizard too, I end up thinking.
Our visit interrupted her while she was gold-plating a frame, she explains, so we need to close down doors and windows and move slowly as the gold plate is very thin and sensitive to air movements. Fabio looks for a safe (and free!) place to take out his camera and equipment for the shooting, so I get the chance to ask where some paintings are from; Elisa gets lost in the story while Fabio arranges the flash hat will give the photos a Vermeer-painting lights.