What Are SILA Members Doing? Giovannina Colalillo Wins Again at CAPIC

Giovannina Colalillo is thrilled to announce that photographer Matthew Plexman and she won first place for the popular vote and second place for the juried vote, on May 23rd at the CAPIC Double Vision Show, on display at Todmorden Mills till June 2nd. We were paired together to create creative portraits of each other in our art form.

CAPIC Double Vision 2019
1st Popular Vote, People’s Choice
2nd Juried Vote

“There’s No Place Like Home”
Illustration of Matthew Plexman by Giovannina Colalillo:
Caran D’Ache water-soluble wax pastels on vellum, Original Art 17”x 14”
Print 21”x16”

“We Belong to Time”
Photograph of Giovannina Colalillo by Matthew Plexman:
Digital Photograph,
Pigment Print on Moab Lasal Paper
Print 21”x16”

“…everything has a past. Everything – a person, an object, a word, everything. If you don’t know the past, you can’t understand the present and plan properly for the future.”
– Quote by Chaim Potok, Davita’s Harp

Collaborative Concept:
The concept for these portraits came from Matthew describing his experience in the hospital while on the pain killer fentanyl after a serious fall. He had a very vivid hallucination that mind and body were shattering, pixelating and dissolving into the ether, one tiny square at a time. Giovannina was heading into hospital later in the month for some surgery on her eye and was more than a bit concerned. The notion of shattering, aging and memories became central to our portraits.

Much of Matthew’s personal work over the past few years has focused on the passage of time. Giovannina has woven elements from his artwork and his description of the hallucination into an intriguing portrait. The houses, road and tree in her work are all elements from Matthew’s photographic project about a neighbourhood lost to demolition near the Ambassador Bridge in his hometown of Windsor. Giovaninna used the image of one of the trees that remained after demolition to represent the tree of life- stability and endurance.

Matthew couldn’t shake the visual of something sharp cutting into Giovannina’s eye…
He used the shattered glass and the shard overlapping her eye as a vehicle to weave in many, many of the visual memories that she has broken through.