Serene oval faces with soft smiles resemble the faces of the saints in ancient iconography. Yet these sculptures have a strange quality, setting them apart from anything recognizable. Oriano Galloni found the inspiration for his Silent Souls series in nature. The artist was walking in an ancient forest when he felt overcome by other-worldly presences.
I could feel the weight of the velvet, of the rich details, through the glass. The embroidery caught the light like thousands of flecks of gold. It was difficult to imagine the long, labored work (of perhaps more than one set of hands) discarded to be thrown away or destroyed. This garment is a just