Orfeo Tagiuri scribbles day and night on a small notebook. He tears away some of the drawings, to throw in the bin because they’re not good enough, to give away to friends — to have a laugh or to remember a moment — or to sell to a stranger who shared the exact same feeling or thought, for what Orfeo draws with a black pen are universal emotions. This pocket-sized book, compiling over 350 drawings, is meant to be carried everywhere and opened just when one needs to take a break, get inspired, and breathe.
“Each of these drawings is fished out from the river of little passing thoughts. I don’t know where they come from but sometimes I take the time to gently scoop them up and set them down. They are a great joy, relief and meditation to make. I hope you can feel that” — Orfeo Tagiuri
Orfeo Tagiuri (b. 1991, Brookline, MA, USA) lives and works in London. Orfeo’s practice spans from painting and drawing to performance, film, woodcarving, animation, and music. The artist has exhibited and performed internationally, including at Sapling Gallery, London (2021), MACRO, Rome (2021), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2018) and at Fiorucci Art Trust’s Volcano Extravaganza (2016). In 2020 Orfeo was nominated for Bloomberg New Contemporaries award.
Published by Chose Commune, 452 pgs, 14 × 10 cm, softcover, 2023, 9791096383375