Alice Cescatti grew up in New Zealand, from an early age she became fascinated by the interaction between the dramatic landscapes and the intense light of the South Pacific. Her unique technique involves a rarely seen water-gilding process with which Alice has mastered different ways of describing light.
Alice’s water-gilding process is more complex than oil gilding, building up many layers of sanded gesso and clay on wooden panels. This is followed by floating individual silver or gold leaves onto the clay surface using a specialist method dating back to Egyptian tomb paintings and reliefs from the 23rd century BC, some of the earliest evidence of gold being beaten into leaf.
The symbolism of Alice’s works, often depicting small boats and buildings or icons such as Tibetan prayer flags within huge skies and deserted landscapes, touches us with the feeling that nature is not overwhelming but that we all coexist in wholeness, whatever the scale. Her personal vision of the inherent harmony of humanity’s relationship with nature despite its dilemmas, which has always fascinated her, is conveyed through her clear and incisive imagination.
Sultan of Brunei
For the Curator of Sculpture, The Louvre
Grosvenor House Hotel, London
For the Director of Cartier, Paris