Perhaps it is easier to visualize something through writing than through a drawing. Some exceptionally well written texts have that power, even over the most brilliant paintings, because their descriptions are more suggestive and vague than the exact lines of a drawing. Because it stimulates your imagination and ability to dream, reading is very important to a child's development. Aware of all this, American artist Nora Sturges embarked upon a challenge that is almost as impossible as it is enticing: to place on a canvas the amazing atmospheres of Italo Calvino's book 'Invisible Cities'.
Marco Polo, traveller and narrator of Calvino's book appears in these paintings as an ordinary tourist and acts as a connecting point between the various paintings. He is the one who lives through the sometimes friendly, other times hostile environments. You can almost feel his emotions. In each painting there is a scene with an independent story and a particular atmosphere. As in medieval and Renaissance illustrations and illuminations, the painter portrays imaginary settings that seem vaguely real. Nora Sturges' naif style is very fitting. The environments are filled with enigmatic, almost magical, elements, that convey huge amounts of mystery and poetry - oddness, exoticness, cultural differences... A timeless video game between the past and the future.
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