The root of the word “Illustration” is the same root of “Illumination”
Enlightenment in turn is revelation, a clarifying look at something that appears convoluted and undecipherable, like a story in which the plot does not follow a coherent flow but alternates temporal planes, creating a confused plot, in which to find disorder in order to reconstruct the pieces. Elia Sampò’s illustrations are conceptual visions, focusing on the sense of depth seen as an enigma.
The artist’s inspirations therefore come from the most recognisable reality, but also from disciplines more closely linked to abstraction, which lead him to construct his works as if they were rebuses, concepts before data verifiable through experience.
Complexity inspires Elia Sampò even before simplifications. Visual languages are mixed with philosophy and semiotics, representing reflections that appear to be paradoxes of the contemporary world.
The subjects that accompany this tale are a starry sky to be rated with appreciation, Rubik’s cubes to be stared at incredulously, oceans of likes or a delicate pen that pierces the hardest stone.