I feel I have some significant affinities with Edgar Allan Poe, some personal and some artistic. On a personal level, we are tireless fighters and devoted lovers. Poe liked gambling, alcohol and maybe opium. I like to play, to drink some excellent Italian wine and during my youth, I used some drugs, never developing any addictions. Both of us have always had severe financial problems. Still today, I am penniless. We share an unrestrained, flexible and complicated imagination that sometimes borders on obsession. We have a profound sensitivity towards all that is tragic. And on the artistic level, in Poe’s oeuvre, this sense of tragedy and of inevitable suffering turns into horror, violent and ruthless, which majestically create the darkest dying. This project includes images inspired by various Poe’s works, in which I tried to turn the darkness of terror into something brighter and lighter. Even horror, like all things, has a hidden aspect which is, however, an integral part of it. The majestic, but also surreal and ironic, side of horror.
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