Everything we see could also be otherwise,” writes Ludwig Wittgenstein in Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. It is the phenomenon of perception that bestows truthfulness to what we think we see.
Things appear, but we don’t know whether they really exist. They could belong to the dimension of dream and become reality only thanks to the impossibility of reawakening, based on that mechanism of circularity so often described by Jorge Luis Borges. Experience, then, conditions perception: the assonance with other previous visions can influence our decoding of the image.
Everything is, in any case, familiar. What’s so strange about a turquoise potato, an onion slashed in the style of Lucio Fontana, or an atomic porcino mushroom? They are the natural expressions of a world in which the dominant logic is driven by amusement and metaphysics. Surrealism becomes a game or, rather, a wholly unique sensibility, which brings possibilism to power.
-Etro catalog, editor Renata Molho, Etro