The book, edited by Melania Gazzotti, stems from an experience in Tuscany, in the summer. It marks the beginning of an editorial collaboration with the Mutty cultural space in Castiglione delle Stiviere, whose bookshop moves to Castagneto Carducci, in the hills facing the sea, in fine weather.
Olimpia Zagnoli, invited by Mutty to hold a summer workshop there, takes us on an exploration of an expressive territory she has never before tackled: landscape. She does so by going through the entire creative process, starting from careful and acute observation, breaking down perceived reality with the use of techniques that are unusual or new to her, distorting its colours, and reconstructing it with her own unmistakable style, to finally arrive at transmitting a vision of the same transformed reality. As often happens in summer.
The reader will be able to follow the entire generative and investigative path, from the sketches to the digital plates, to the tasty textual interventions – also unusual for the artist – and thus better appreciate the fruit of this extraordinary work. An unpublished within the unpublished, therefore, a book that shares the point of view of one of Italy’s best-loved illustrators, a precious testimony that cannot be missed on the enthusiast’s shelf: new themes, new techniques, new approach. In the sign of an unmistakable style, the landscape seen through Olimpia’s large round glasses.
Edited by Melania Gazzotti
Texts by lva Buselli, Melania Gazzotti, Sandra Gobbato, Stefano Salis, Olimpia Zagnoli
Photos by Miro Zagnoli
Book design by Bunker
16.5 × 22.5 cm
First published September 2016