Digital mapping, dry printing on paper
Digital printing on magazine
"Virginia Dal Magro's works are based on real, concrete data, which are processed by the artist in a different way each time, depending on the specific context being analyzed.
Thinking from the perspective of the site-specific intervention and the approach normally employed for an exhibition in an "inhabitable, geographic" place, so to speak, the first step from which she starts for the realization of her works is, therefore, the analysis of the map, the study of the plan of the place and the essential components of the structure. But what can be the floor plan of a magazine? The guides from inDesign or any graphic program used to lay out a magazine and give it structure.
With these assumptions in mind, Dal Magro came to the conclusion to make the structure of the critical text coincide with that of the work, so as to create a direct, if veiled, interconnection between textual and graphic content.
She then tried to imagine the possible layout for the critical text intended for her work and drew a model from it for a 3D print, from which she then derived through dry printing the invisible grid trace of the construction lines behind it. Working behind the scenes, placing herself in the liminal spaces between the visible and invisible worlds, is the hallmark of her artistic practice, allowing her to disrupt and overturn the normal process of creation to bring to light what normally remains hidden in the background.
The imprints of the dry print, white on white, actually leave a road that can be traveled by multiple, vivid imaginations; can the groove, in fact, actually become a road? Can the grid turn into the grid of a city or town? Or even into the floor plan of a building?
The search for new possible places that follow coordinates, sometimes more or less defined, sometimes imaginary, is at the basis of the artist's recent works, in which experimentation with the technique of dry printing serves as a useful tool to map new unreachable territories, new unexplored islands, in an attempt to land towards something that, although unknown and nonexistent, may appear even only graphically reassuring.
Excerpt from the text "Hypotheses for a mapping of the unknown" by Martina Campese and Raffaella Ferraro