Whenever Rosette creates an art piece, she experiences an out-of-body experience; never knowing exactly where her brush will take her – unaware of the final result. And with that comes the spontaneity and intrigue in her works of art.
The overall experience a viewer or collector can expect from an original Rosette Bonello is an unsettled degree of questioning, where the peculiarities of life start to run through the mind, until… the connection of the artwork is made clear in the psyche conveying the bespoke meaning, unique to every viewer.
Art, although a universal language, speaks in different tongues to everyone who gives it more than a quick glance. After spending time contemplating on Rosette’s art, her shapes and colours, her technique and the final results of her work, a sense of calm overrides the questions. Things are clearer as you begin to visualise the artist’s purpose.
Rosette calls her art arte informale, a Europe post World War II movement coined by art critic Michel Tapié and led by artists such as Luciano Fontana and Alberto Burri. Arte Informale is often compared with the American movement Abstract Expressionism, and while the similarities in choice of colour, technique and end result can be noted, there is yet a difference that defines them: the motive and the intent.
When creating her art, Rosette is free, there’s no limitation and no expectation. There’s nowhere to go, because she’s already there. Viewed in a philosophical way, Rosette’s work is a path of self-discovery through the mixed media she applies on her canvas.
The mixed media that Rosette makes use of features oils and acrylics prepared with an impasto technique that allow her artworks to breathe depth and volume. The impasto technique is one that allows for texture to be brought onto a canvas by means of layers, spread in thick or thin strokes, blobs and splatters to cover full areas or different sections of the canvas.
“I most enjoy working with acrylic paint because it’s so versatile. I work heavily with layers and acrylics allow me to create depth and texture – you can apply a fresh coat of acrylic onto dry acrylic for one effect and onto wet acrylic for an entirely different result. This experimentation is usually out of my control. I just let it happen and wait for the results.”
Within that realm of mixed media that Rosette makes use of, greens and golds often find their way into her artwork. The colder, fresher and maybe even bolder art pieces in her repertoire give the cold hues a sharper edge, such as is seen with her artwork Pandemia – a piece that upon first glace expresses confusion, peril and maybe even uncertainty – but when analysed closer finds a way to connect all three very overwhelming emotions into a whole and unified work – completed with the sporadic gestures and even apathy.
Pandemia was featured in the 2020 Introspection solo exhibition held at the Rudy Buhler Art; The Colour Project, in Marsascala.
Rosette’s exhibition at the Aurum – La Fabbrica delle Idee, in Pescara, Italy, featured a the 50×50 oil and mixed media on canvas, Seperazione. A piece that speaks directly to the soul, yet can never entirely penetrate due to it’s mysterious shapes and lines.
This DATE piece carries the coldness and sharpness that Pandemia does, but there’s also a sense of identity attached here. Green, to Rosette signifies nature, new beginnings and rebirth, but here the experience is quite the opposite. As the artist mentions, layers are vital to the look, feel and delivery of her artworks, and Separazione gives off the vibe and impression of scenes, upon scenes, building up on this one canvas. The accumulation of all layers, simply dismissed or nulled by the generous stroke of paint that runs through the middle.
Separazione is moving as much as it is chilling – the true essence of Rosettes green and blue period.
Another work that extends Rosette’s oeuvre is Una Porta Verso L’Universo, a larger piece that combines the green and blue emotions of the artist’s soul with the warmer, subtler, gentler pink and orange period that Rosette is so clearly distinguished by. This work was featured in the 2016, Museo delle Genti d’Abruzzo exhibition.
With Una Porta, Rosette brings depth without texture, harmony without blending and allure, poise and regality with the simple additions of gold leaf towards the centre of the artwork. In the foreground, we see thickness and obscure, random paint development, in the background solidity, complementary yet contrasting hues crashing against each other like the Mediterranean waves the artist is surrounded by and in the uppermost area of the canvas, peaks of red in every shade interrupted with blotches of deep purple and black.
This is arte informale in its purest form, a canvas that provides episodes of concern, discovery and questioning – all in the name of expressional freedom.
Rosette’s pink and orange period is greatly explored with a small square canvas that conveys so many inherent emotions that the artist can’t help but divulge. Giù dalla Scolgliera is a 20×20 oil and mixed media on canvas artwork that was also displayed at the Museo delle Genti d’Abruzzo exhibition in 2016.
The smaller the artwork, the easier it is to be overlooked, but missing this masterpiece would be a great setback for any viewer or collector worth their salt. You’re looking at depth, texture, layers, movement, structure and last but in no means least; unnecessary emotional detail. The capacity of this workpiece is unfathomably and clearly portrayed with her small, yet impactful stroke of raw and unfiltered expression.
Rosette’s newer 2020-2021 collection does delve deeper into the blue and green period she explores so effortlessly, however her studio currently holds over 80 works that showcase her art style and exposure from many uncensored fronts, a display of the artist’s emotion, passion, growth and dedication to an art school she undoubtedly belongs to. Arte informale is bold yet subtle, sharp and smooth, angry but remorseful, loud or silent – it’s the deepest and purest depiction of life – and Rosette Bonello has laid out hers on a canvas for us all to appreciate.