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Safety In Numbers
Visual artist Anouk Colantoni isn’t all that interested in perfection – stories of glossy emotional utopias don’t play muse to her vivid illustrations. Rather, she finds fascination in the unspoken: the secret thoughts we’re ashamed to say aloud, the supressed urges and stifled impulses. She gives voice to these hidden contemplations through her humorous characters, and this concept – making visible the invisible – has inspired her first solo art show, Safety In Numbers.
In Colantoni's words, the artworks explore “the grey areas of human nature: imperfections, vulnerabilities and contradictions."
“Through my miniature scenes I am exploring female sexuality, human sadness and straight up stupidity – I am trying to provoke a reaction. Whether you relate to it, or just consider another perspective when you look away, I have succeeded.”
An Australian expat, Colantoni relocated to New York five years ago and draws inspiration from the city and its colourful inhabitants to bring her irreverent drawings to life: “New York was the catalyst to bring out this medium of humorous social commentary in my work, it was almost waiting to burst out of me – the millions of people that all pack together here looking for something I wonder if they ever find."
The exhibition opens May 11 and will showcase a selection of her watercolour, word and pen illustrations. Colantoni’s desire is for viewers to be compelled to look twice – to spark those conversations we would normally avoid.
“I would hope people could find a single artwork, connect, be surprised and walk away laughing or crying – inside is fine guys, I cry inside all the time – because even though they won’t admit it to anyone, they have experienced their own private experience just like it, and were too ashamed to share it. Shame is a real killer. Let’s celebrate our most shameful moments together.”
Safety In Numbers will run from May 11 - 20 at The Wallplay Shop, 312 Bowery, New York.