‘Enlightenment’ is a visual art exhibition by Rebecca Cassar being held at Malta Society of Arts, Palazzo de La Salle between the 5th and 26th January 2023.
The exhibition centers around the use of colour, texture and 23.5 karat gold leaf, as a form of expressing the artist’s personal journey over the past year and a half. Despite the turmoil and trepidation, through the darkness, colour, light and gold have shone through – the abstraction of the unimportant to focus on the good and real moments of existence.
The gold leaf is symbolic of the instances of beauty, growth and timelessness which were intertwined within these difficult moments in the artist’s life. Moreover, the dual metaphoric symbolism of the gold and gilding techniques used in creating these abstract pieces, reflects the relevance that the traditional and timeless technique of gilding has in the realm of art. Through her paintings, Rebecca finds a form of escapism from the bitter realities of this period in her life while also celebrating the triumphs experienced in the face of adversity.