Creations that will light up the room
IT WAS a chance placement of a painting that inspired Rita Orsini to create art that goes beyond the traditional function.
“I was doing a traditional painting where I was putting layers of sayings on it,” she says.
“I had it by the window and the sun was shining through different parts of it.”
The French-born artist used the experience to create artist lampshades, a concept she says she has been playing with since 2009.
The award-winning Orsini Lights are handpainted on to canvases and wrapped around a tube to create art that takes on a new dimension when the light is turned on.
“It’s breaking this idea of seeing art in a frontal sort of way – it’s got to be turned around to see the full artwork,” Orsini says.
The mystery element also applies to Orsini who says she spends an immeasurable number of hours creating a lampshade and never knows what the end result will be until she turns on the light.
“It’s never the same. Every canvas is painted with time, slowly and individually,” she says.
Orsini says the story behind each lampshade is something she does not like to fully plan.
“I start with an idea of something that might have inspired me and I think the painting just takes over,” she says.
“It’s this sort of magic where you get into this space and let the art guide your hand.”
Her lampshades will be on display at her Dulwich Hill studio Ateliers Orsini for Sydney Design Festival.
People can see the detailed art up close at the Art and D*Light exhibition from September 3-4 and 8-11. See more of her work at ritaorsini.studio205.net.au
Above: Some of the Orsini Lights that will be on display at the Art and D*Light exhibition from September 3. Left: A close up of part of the detailed painting from one of Orsini’s lampshades.
Artist Rita Orsini.