The combination of the opposites, real and surreal, rational and sensory, but above all sacred and profane, is the center of my interest and narration. I use photography as favorite medium, although not the only one, to recreate a personal and intimistic universe bound to the deepest and submerged self. I don’t like describing or interpreting, I prefer speaking through metaphors and symbologies, letting the spectator make the image their own, interpreting it according to diverse and personal levels of understanding. My primary interest is the sense of the image, not its aesthetic perfection, its own ability to stir emotions. Not narrating, but evoking, inducing the user to dig in their “memory” to find moods or past, suffocated, abandoned atmospheres. ~Donatella Izzo
In my latest series “Forse così non mi vedi” (perhaps like this you don’t see me), through a set of self-portraits, I investigate and ask myself about the border between being MOTHER and WOMAN at the same time, starting a tortuous conflict on my body between SACREDNESS and CORPOREALITY.Almost as I’m playing a childish game with my daughter, I cover my face, naively hoping to hide my body too, in a process of concealment to divert attention and ensure that my own creature doesn’t notice me. At least for just a moment…just the time to rest…… My body colors itself white, grey, black and the skin and its marks get deleted……… Everyday objects become the scenes which hide the scene; The physical appearance restricts… while the female breasts remain evident.It’s in the time of alienation in the role of MOTHER that new objects and symbols emerge on my body. They are inner indelible marks linked to a Catholic-Christian education wherewith I cohabit in a wild love-hate alternate.
I’m far from doctrines set by religion, from dogmas, from commandments, from the same foundation on which religion is placed (and other religions), but at the same time I’m steadily curious and attracted by them. My body also becomes white paper to register a form of protest to that part of Catholicism which considers me a sinner, Since I’m an unmarried mother.