MariaTeresa Ortoleva: P ∩ M → I
P ∩ M → I (Perception intersecting Memory produces Imagination) is a two-part series by artist MariaTeresa Ortoleva, a 2014 MA graduate from the Slade School of Fine Art, London. She was previously mentioned in a post last June, 7 Fresh Favorites from the Slade, and I was happy to catch up with her and check out what she's been working on.
Ortoleva's work centers on perception, space, and time, utilizing projected images to explore a sense of one's surroundings and their implied significance. I think her statement on the piece explains it best:
Using digital projections to layer projected immaterial data onto material objects, I reflect on the interaction between the present data of our senses synthesized in perception and the past data of our experience re-emerging in form of mnemonic images. This exchange is key to the way in which we experience things.
The installation format of the work, into or through which the viewer must enter and therefore experience instead of simply view, elaborates on the concept of space, as it comprises our entire surroundings in every moment. The artist removes the perceived "nothingness" of space and asks the viewer to imagine otherwise--space as a physical entity, and one which we are not simply surrounded by, but a part of.
Time permeates her study of space by drawing on experience and memory itself, connecting physicality to the intangible past and its emotional or sentimental hold on us. Ortoleva explains:
Finally, the work challenges what happens when images of memory are drawn out of the past and cling to the materiality of present objects. By finding a physical body the virtual mnemonic image takes up a cognitive role: it penetrates beyond nostalgia reaching to influence the subject’s awareness of the present and his capacity to act upon it.
Ortoleva was born in Italy and splits her time between London and Milan. More examples of her work and information on the artist can be found at mariateresaortoleva.it.