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The Jaunt

Emily Forgot - Umbria, Italy


Silkscreen print, edition of 50, signed and numbered by the artist, unframed

Destination: La Segreta, Umbria, Italy

Date: 20 - 26 March, 2019

Jaunt #053

approx. 27.5"h x 19.75"w, 70cm x 50cm


“More often than not, I go on city breaks when I’m travelling, so for this trip I was imagining something very relaxing. I stayed at La Segreta, a restored farmhouse, set on a 70-acre natures preserve. It is really a very magical place, picture perfect to be honest. I had researched a little before heading off, but actually being in a place rather than looking at pictures online is a very different feeling. The place felt amazing from the start! 

It would be the easiest thing to say I was inspired by a place called La Scarzuola. A unique place that is difficult to put into words, but maybe it is best described as an architectural fantasy of sorts, master minded by the architect and artist Tomasi Buzzi. Behind an unassuming 16th century monastery lies Buzzi’s surreal ‘ideal city’, made up of seven theatres each with their own unique character and story. You have to see it to believe it. Visiting this place and walking around here was pretty mind blowing. And at the same time I think inspiration often comes when you least expect it, when you are getting lost rather than knowing your destination. I found lots of architectural inspiration in the town of Todi, where I also discovered the artwork of Beverly Pepper outside a beautiful church. On top of it all I would say Eileen and her family’s hospitallity and welcome at La Segreta made a huge impression too. 

For my Jaunt Forma artwork I’ve created a piece based on my trip to Todi, a lovely small town to explore. The assemblage piece and accompanying screen print we produced give form to these memories. The colour palette is based on the colours I came across during my trip and have their roots in the surrounding landscape and the architectural environment of the towns I visited.” 

-Emily Forgot