Salvatire Arancio’s artistic practice is centered around the potential of images. He is particularly interested in how images and their meaning can be re-framed or reviewed, playing with symbols that retain a certain ambivalence within his practice. His work manifests through a range of media such as ceramics, etchings, collages, animations, and videos. Each facet of his practice contains an intertwining juxtaposition of the roots and representations of images: natural and artificial, mineral and vegetable, two-dimensional and three-dimensional, scientific and mythological. Departing from their literal meaning, Arancio creates new juxtapositions that are both beautifully evocative and deeply disquieting. His work functions like an Atlas of confusion, similar to figures in positivistic scientific volumes that are devoid of any substantial image and left only with a vague ambiguous frame.
Arancio’s work has been displayed in various solo shows throughout Europe including at the Federica Schiavo Gallery in Milan, Museo Civico di Castelbuono in Castelbuono, Italy, Kunsthalle Winterthur in Switzerland, Camden Arts Center in London, and the Contemporary Art Society in London. He has also had work displayed in group exhibitions at La Biennale di Venezia in Venice, the Ceramic Biennale in Icheon, Korea, and Whitechapel Gallery in London as well as many others. In 2015 he received a Ceramics Fellowship from the Camden Arts Centre in London.