About the Artist
Cescatti has spent her formative years growing up in New Zealand. The nobility of the ocean held a strong presence for her during these years. Her paintings express the fragility of the ocean which she sees as a source of origin, and according to the artist they have become globally compromised with the global inattention and disrespect for its grandeur, beauty, and essential presence as humans have chosen to pollute it with the dumping of toxic radioactive waste, and plastic which in turn is harming and threatening the very existence of its marine ecosystems and marine life.
Alice Cescatti would like to see our Oceans restored to their former natural health and glory so that they can continue to support life for future generations and to support and maintain our planet’s natural balance. Alice also touches on subjects such as Migration using the symbolism of empty boats adrift and sinking in the ocean, symbolizing the frailty of refugees escaping abusive political regimes and deserted landscapes under vast, imposing skies hinting at the possible trajectory of humanities future.
She reveals her awareness of the Ocean’s increasing fragility in her works such as ‘Ocean Wound’, ‘Underwater Bloom’, and ‘Ocean Mourning Flower’. She also touches on the themes of Migration, using the symbolism of sinking boats adrift in the Ocean, and deserted landscapes under huge imposing skies.
Alice Cescatti has devoted her time to painting using as a base silver leaf wood panels. The water-gilding process involved building up many layers of finely sanded gesso and clay. This is followed by floating individual silver or gold leaves onto the clay surface. The gold or silver leaf surface is then hand burnished with an agate stone to enhance the quality of the metal as a light source. This is a specialist method dating back to Egyptian tomb paintings and reliefs from the 23rd century BC, a time revealing some of the earliest evidence of gold being beaten into leaf. Alice has mastered this technique as a medium for her to especially describe light and water.
Enjoy a full display of paintings by this artist in our Sacred Waters issue!