Cre­ations that will light up the room

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Laura Tri­este

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.stu­

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.

Pic­ture: Bar­bara Kadji

Artist Rita Orsini.

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