Nicoletta Ceccoli is a San Marinian artist who is known for her richly detailed, dreamlike work. In her first collection for Corey Helford Gallery, ‘Hide and Seek’, Ceccoli conveys a child’s universe in sweetly endearing and equally frightful images. ‘In my mind, I always look for a way to hide from reality. Her characters disguise themselves with masks and costumes, acting as make-believe characters that recall Little Red Riding Hood, little girls ‘gone bad’ or that refuse to grow up. Ceccoli’s imagery is a product of her dreams and her unconscious, an expression of her own inner thoughts, impulses and desires.
Nicoletta Ceccoli: ‘Reality is banned in its rational form and so it came back in the form of a disturbing unconscious nightmare that inflates and animates toys. A sense of threat runs around the girls I represent. They’re alone, on their own, and all they want is someone to play with. Common toys perceive them as a menacing entity to expel from their world … It’s difficult to understand exactly if this is a product of a corrupted fantasy, or if reality itself has corrupted the fantasy. It’s a game of hide and seek’.
Nicoletta Ceccoli’s new exhibition, titled ‘Hide and Seek’, is currently hosted at Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles (August 19 – September 16, 2017).