Chalet Għajni /Inso-MANIA

Digital Painting By Ramon Azzopardi Fiott [AKA RAFiott]
MeliTENSION Collection | Completed 2019

“Chalet Għajni / Inso-mania” – A Limited Edition Fine Artwork by Ramon Azzopardi Fiott [RAFiott] takes you on a journey through grief and insomnia, set against the backdrop of Sliema’s waterfront – reimagined. This extraordinary artwork, exhibited at the prestigious Maltese National Fine Arts Gallery – MUŻA, Valletta, showcases the artist’s peculiar point of view and profound emotional exploration.

In this piece, the rising sun casts its ethereal glow behind the old Chalet, illuminating a forgotten facade inspired by Mondrian’s iconic style. Originally conceived as a playful doodle during a dark period in the artist’s life, “Chalet Għajni / Inso-mania” transcends time, location, and the depths of the artist’s mind.

Ramon Azzopardi Fiott draws inspiration from the complexities of nighttime, where insomnia intertwines with moments of peaceful solace. In the realm of sleepless nights, safety is found, shielded from the onslaught of bad news. Amidst this fragile balance, the artist embarked on a transformative journey towards healing and self-discovery.

With newfound vitality, Ramon Azzopardi Fiott delves into this extraordinary collection, bidding farewell to the past and embracing a brighter future. Investing in his artistic journey, the artist’s transition from traditional mediums to the digital realm yielded astonishing results. Today, “Chalet Għajni / Inso-mania” stands as a testament to his revitalized artistic expression.

This pop-surreal artwork not only captures the surrealism born from sleepless nights and personal trauma but also symbolizes the hope for a more radiant tomorrow. It resonates with a profound longing to fill the void left in the artist’s heart by grief, envisioning a world where beauty abounds.

A Vanishing Heritage: Lamenting Loss Beyond Personal Grief

At the center of the composition, the cyclops heart, adorned with intricate traditional Maltese tile patterns, stands as a poignant representation of the artist’s journey. Engulfed in a fantastical promenade from a bygone era that never existed, the figure smokes away the passage of time, embodying the sentiment of a lost era. The Chalet, a magnificent art nouveau pier constructed in 1926, once served as a vibrant social hub where people, including the artist’s grandparents, delighted in dancing, swimming, and the enchanting melodies of the orchestra. Sadly, this architectural gem has since disappeared, echoing the ongoing loss of Malta’s cherished heritage. The artist’s grief extends beyond personal loss, embracing a profound lament for the vanishing soul of his motherland.

“Chalet Għajni / Inso-mania” is a testament to Ramon Azzopardi Fiott’s artistic prowess, reflecting the depths of human emotions and the indomitable spirit of resilience. Step into the world of this artwork, where the ephemeral intermingles with the timeless, and immerse yourself in a poignant narrative that will leave an indelible mark.


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