ACME ArtBOARD #5: Valery Franzelli

ACME ArtBOARD is a column created to bring the public closer and provide a new approach to contemporary art, involving young and emerging artists who, by telling each other about themselves, reveal their personal way of being Artists.

The medium used is a moodboard, a series of images joined together as in a collage that show in a visual format a project and all the elements related to it, anticipated by a short interview.

The artists have made themselves known starting from their studies and arriving to their future aspirations, creating a composition in which their creative ideas, the materials related to them and the tools of doing are shown. Each artist interprets the moodboard in an original and unique way, providing the reader with new scenarios useful to understand the meaning of being an Artist at 360 degrees.


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This year’s first appointment is with Valery Franzelli.

Valery Franzelli, A gran voce, 2021
Valery Franzelli, A gran voce, 2021, invisible ink, black light, 40,6x29,7 cm. Courtesy the artist
Valery Franzelli, A gran voce, 2021
Valery Franzelli, A gran voce, 2021, invisible ink, black light, 40,6x29,7 cm. Courtesy the artist

ACME – What motivated you and why to start your studies/career as an artist?

VF – I have always had a passion for art. My mother used to spend her free time painting on ceramics when I was little and this certainly made me curious to try and spend my free time familiarizing myself with the world of arts. I grew up in a stimulating environment and this allowed me to be very free. Fortunately I have never had any doubts in choosing my course of study and to this day I am always supported by my family.


ACME – What are your aspirations for the future?

VF – My aspiration for the future is to work doing what I most enjoy. I hope to continue to research and pursue my projects while waiting for recognition and appreciation in my work. I am aware that whoever chooses to undertake the road to become an artist does not have a free and downhill passage, but I believe that the most important thing is to travel it with the desire and passion to reach the goal, without setting a time limit and rejoicing in every little goal.

Valery Franzelli, Mia cara bambina, 2021
Valery Franzelli, Mia cara bambina, 2021, cardboard, polystyrene tub with coating, calligraphy ink, 15 elements of 29,7x21 cm each and 1 element of 100 cm Øx30 cm, site specific installation, Palazzo Palazzi, Brescia. Courtesy the artist


Starting with the first image, which I have placed in the top right corner, I have selected two contemporary artists very dear to me: James Turrel with the 2018 work Ganzfeld “Aural” exhibited at the Jewish Museum in Berlin and Marcello Maloberti with a textual work typical of his artistic research. I find fascinating, in Turrel’s works, the alienating feeling of suddenly feeling enveloped in a fog beyond which it seems impossible to see beyond. In this space you can completely immerse and lose yourself. One finds oneself immersed in another dimension. A sensation that I find again, in a different way in terms of realization, also in Maloberti’s works. The work Marmellate made by the artist in 2019 represents a collection of writings, in the form of slogans. A succession of thoughts, impulsive fragments. Each page and each word is presented as a world of its own. I also find very interesting the choice to play on black and white colors, the so-called non-colors (absolutely wrong term in my opinion).
The third image is a photograph taken by me, a corner of my house that I connect to a “place of silence”. An almost meditative place, a happy corner.
The fourth image is also a personal photograph, a shot depicting a billboard placed on the facade of a building in Milan. The poster “asks” to be filled but its beauty for me lies precisely in this dimension of waiting, of freedom.
The fifth image is a detail of one of my works, Oblio, where only a few fragments of words, letters and colors are visible as they resurface. Finally, I have inserted my color palette: black, white and purple (a coloration that refers to the illumination of wood light). I always prefer monochrome colors, which give the appearance of emptiness but allow for infinity.

Within the moodboard I also included a word: silence. I played on the opacity of the word by hiding it inside the sheet. Silence is one of the basic themes of my research. The general composition of the moodboard I tried to keep it as clean and tidy as possible, inserting only what was essential to me.

Valery Franzelli's Moodboard
Valery Franzelli's Moodboard
Valery Franzelli

Valery Franzelli

Valery Franzelli was born in Brescia in 1998. She is currently attending the two-year course of Visual Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts SantaGiulia in Brescia. In 2021 she received her bachelor’s degree in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts SantaGiulia (Brescia). In 2017 she graduated in Visual Arts at the Bruno Munari Institute of Higher Education (Cremona). In 2021 she exhibited in the group show In absentia in Temù (Brescia) curated by Paolo Sacchini, Giulia Palamidese and Natalie Zangari, in the group show Kenopsia – Dialoghi aperti tra sei artisti e un palazzo at Palazzo Palazzi (Brescia) curated by Natalie Zangari, in the group show Final Critics at the Collezione Paolo VI, Concesio (Brescia) curated by Paolo Sacchini. In 2019 she exhibited in the group show WOWomen Festival – La creazione è femmina in Palazzo Gaifami (Brescia) and in the group show HolyBrixia at the Old Cathedral of Brescia.