Floriano De Santi
"Portraits of Fanfani (from show catalogue)
Ciccone a portrait is pretext for dialogue, a way of penetrating the
human psyche. To him, drawing means putting ideas in motion - as Proust
said quoting Leonardo - il segno ø una cosa mentale. Nothing is more
alarming: falling into an idea is like plunging into an abyss, an
endless whirlpool, with a constant risk of being swept away. If in the
1994 "Nello Studio" series, the Florentine artist has taken
pleasure in the obstinate stubbornness of the unbroken line, in this
1997 series "Portraits of Fanfani", he prefers interlacing,
winding and branching lines. Previously, his rhythm was rapid and
adventurous, now it is slow, cautious, meticulous, as if he were making
statements and then erasing, adding, retouching, contradicting himself.
Each pose or theme develops in a series of variations, echoing with
endless resonance the classical model as well as expressive and
interpretative stylistic features."