Castiglia’s works invite viewers to submerge into them through familiar shapes and objects that organically exist in the dream-like spaces created by the artist.
Flora is an Argentinian artist, born in Buenos Aires. She was introduced to the practices of art from a very young age by her mother, also an artist. Observing her mother working from their home studio contributed to establishing the ethos of artistic discipline and creativity in Castiglia’s persona early on.
Flora’s early works were designs developed for musicians and interpretations of record covers, and these influences have undoubtedly shaped the subtle undertones of Castiglia’s imagery which can be described a ‘melodic’. Her works are imbued with references of musical notes in both their form and carefully crafted composition, which, combined with a choice of muted, deep colour palette make her style instantly recognisable.
Contemplative and visually compelling, Castiglia’s paintings explore the relationship between the inside and the outside together with the perception of our own bodies within these realms. Through patterns, shapes and colours, Flora deconstructs and plays with the rearrangement the places and familiar object within them. She transforms and merges interior and exterior worlds, creating an interdimensional space where potted plants and mountains exist within one abstract space organically.
Flora’s style is often characterized by the reoccurring engagement with geometric, yet non-restrictive, playful forms of stripes, circles and diamond-shaped grids that merge with a recurring motif of nature. She instinctively mixes the imperfections of variety of textures and loose paint splatters with much more intentional grid formations, which creates an interesting contrast and a unique dreamy quality. Some of her paintings take a literal diaristic approach through incorporation of words and letters, which makes them not only deeply personal but also anagrammatic, encouraging an active looking: to stop and linger for a bit longer, to search and explore, to decode and discover the meanings, carefully hidden underneath the paints and patterns.
Ultimately Castiglia’s works invite viewers to submerge into them through familiar shapes and objects that organically exist in the dream-like spaces created by the artist.