Li Miao

On September 19, 2019, the artist Lizi will present in the VISIONAREA Art Space in the Vatican of Rome, together with her installation work Flavours and other new series, for her solo exhibition there.

VISIONAREA Art Space is a project born out of the common idea of the artist Matteo Basilé and the entrepreneur Francesco Carducci, under the sponsorship of Fondazione Roma Terzo Pilastro. It used to be a Chorus Club Hall. After renovation, it was designed to be a visual auditorium, devoted to the promotion of contemporary art, while keeping a balance between rigorous management and fascinating creativity. This art space is dedicated, persistently and firmly, to supporting the differences of value expressions, to eliminating the boundaries of expression and creativity, and to favoring the search for less visible humanity. It is an extraordinary place, full of philosophical and artistic aesthetics, which combines the visual-centralism of the old Greek with the audio-centralism of the old Hebrew in a harmonious way.

Lizi travels and learns a lot abroad. Her works always present obvious Italian classicism but never lack of the features of modern art like innovation, rebelliousness and novelty. After depicting auditory sense through the visual paintings in her series 160 Decibels, Lizi again promotes her synaesthesia expression to a surprisingly new height, to combines the visual feature of the installation work with the olfactory sense of the perfume, as is an unprecedented new concept of the rhetorical device in art expression. As what Gong Nanhua said in his book Thoughts of Gustatory Sense, the senses of sight, taste, smell and hearing are not labeled the same in different civilizations. “The orientation of certain sense decides the construction of certain ideology in understanding the world, and deeply influences the formation of particular cognition through history.” Western civilization advocates the cognition through visual sense, while Chinese civilization favors the cognition through gustatory and olfactory sense. Visual sense emphasizes the distance between the matter and me, so that people in the west seem to concern more about the objectivity of nature; gustatory and olfactory senses mean the distance between the matter and me getting disappeared, so that people in China tend to uphold the belief of “the unity of nature and man”.

Lizi’s work Flavours triggers both the sense of smell and sight at the same time, turns the alienated audience into the one who interacts with the work, clears up the distance between the work and the audience, and breaks up the boundary between eastern and western ideologies. There’s too much to say, beyond words like perfect or profound, when Flavoursis presented with its olfactory feature enhancing its visual impact in this Chorus Club Hall, Visionarea Art Apace.