The project Marbles was born in the summer of 2016. During this time Francesca spent her holidays in a village near Rome and she had the chance to meet artists connected to the Roman independent music scene. By frequenting the club Marmo (marble in Italian), she got in contact with Roman musicians, whose lyrics inspired her to create a series of illustrations called Marbles.
The name not only refers to the place where the project was born, but also to the artistic tradition of the city of Rome, and to the way in which life in the city is perceived by the younger generation. The city of Rome is commonly considered a symbol of classic beauty and culture. The project Marbles refers implicitly to Rome’s famous marble statues such as Michelangelo’s Pietà or Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne and places them in dialogue with the new marbles: the people that Roman musicians speak about in their songs.The reality they depict is in opposition to the themes that traditional Roman art portrays; they do not exalt the sublime, the courage, the grace and the sacredness, but instead they show a depressed generation that lives in a city characterized by strong contradiction, where the beauty of the past cohabits with a high rate of youth unemployment, the economic crisis, and the backward mentality of part of its society.
Marbles illustrates the Roman people in a way that differs greatly from the decadent life style portrayed in famous movies like Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita or Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty. Francesca tried to reflect the self-irony and dark humour expressed in the songs she used for her illustrations, focusing on the everyday life they speak about, exploring themes as depression, homophobia, sexual frustration and inadequacy.