Quoth the Raven: “Nevermore”


This work is part of the series Crows, characterized, besides from the subject, the fabric on which it is proposed: the tulle. With a spacing from the wall to highlight shading effects, the crow seems to come alive.


The Crow is an animal present in all cultures. Perhaps because of its black color, the color principle of things [the darkness of the womb and of the earth where the seed germinate], but also of the end [the color of the night and death], has always provided a symbolism of opposites: Animal of foresight, messenger of the gods, the bearer of bad luck, the guide of souls and donor of resurrection.


The artist came across this animal various times in her life. Yet lately the crow is becoming a constant presence that led her to reflect, asking questions and wanting to understand its meaning. Thus she has dedicated her studies on the iconography and symbolism of the crow. Everything comes together in thoughts that the artist expresses in a way that suits her most: painting.


Nevermore was inspired by the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven”: in the supernatural atmosphere the author tells the story of a man worried about his beloved dead who receives the visit of a raven, which will only repeat monotonously “Nevermore”. The narrator is torn apart between the desire to forget and the desire to remember. Poe speaks of “the human thirst for self-torture”. For the author there is no morality in the story, merely the sense of guilt as a relentless desire for self-destruction. In the poem, the narrator realizes quickly that the answer you will receive on his application will be “Nevermore”, nonetheless he continues to ask questions, constantly questioning the raven in the hope that it will respond “Yes.”