Degree: Creative Arts
University: Aberystwyth University
Graduation Year: 2020
The title of Fiammetta Nisio’s duology of works, ‘It’s Not Like It Seems’ fittingly describes her photographic practice at large. Working with traditional darkroom techniques, her experiments draw on early avant-garde photograms of the 1920s, finding new ways to play with chemicals and light. As Nisio finesses her technique, the resulting images deepen in mystery; light morphs into abstract forms that provide ample space for viewer contemplation. Strangely bold and fragile at the same time, shapes depend on the eye of the beholder – much like gazing up at clouds. Whilst the objects used to manipulate light are absent from the final works, Nisio ensures they leave their traces in beautifully significant ways.
By extrapolating the subjects from their contexts they became something they have never been and would have never been. They gain new significance depending on the eyes of the one that looks. They are not like they seem.