Multidisciplinary artist and writer Francesca Ricci was born in Florence, Italy, where she graduated in Stage Design at the Fine Arts Academy. She lived in London for many years where she developed most of her artistic practice, and has been taking part in many international group and solo exhibitions, including in New York, Italy, Spain, London and Scotland. She has also participated in many collaborative projects, from fringe theatre to independent publications. Since 2019 she lives and works in Valencia, Spain.
With writer Kiril Bozhinov she has developed two projects and bodies of work, I Beg You to Hear Me! (2011-15), and Tabula Impressa (2013-ongoing) which have been exhibited and presented internationally in UK, Italy, Hungary and Spain. Tabula Impressa was featured in Abraxas Journal (2013) and mentioned in Dazed and Confused (2013).
Series ‘Tabula Impressa’:
Tabula Impressa, an ongoing composite visual project started in 2011, has as a base a collection of signs photographed on the streets and pavements of London. These marks, which used to point to impending maintenance works, are here deprived of their functional meaning, and become the source of a new code and system of interpretation.
Tabula Impressa is inspired by what Jung described as ‘collective unconscious’: a concept that sees man not born as a blank canvas (tabula rasa) but carrying in his subconscious elements from a communal, ancestral background.