Silent Speech

Silent Speech


Matthew Floriani
Silent Speech, 2018

Ink on Paper
10 x 8 in.
Signed on the front, lower right

“Silent Speech” by Matthew Floriani is an original ink on paper work signed by the artist on the front. The unique work on paper measures 10" H x 8" W. It comes with a numbered and signed certificate of authenticity from de Plume.

In his illustrations of ‘empty’ animal skulls, Matthew Floriani employs a drawn form of collage to resemble domestic textiles, bed sheets, and tablecloths as a soft shield that offer partial protection--provoking a sense of vulnerability in the most regulated of spaces. The tension created through the lifeless mask, the bleakness of a hollow home, and the comforting fabric patterns create questions of what is protected and what is exposed. Floriani has a Visual and Public Art degree from Cal State Monterey Bay and completed his MFA in studio art at Mills College in 2017. His artwork has been shown throughout California and Italy. He lives and works in Oakland, California.

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