Manuele Cerutti considers inanimate objects as vested with their own innate life, independent of the human actors that employ or enjoy them. Consequently, depictions of human subjects are a rare feature of Cerutti’s oeuvre of oil paintings, as he is more concerned with the interplay between objects than human engagement. When human subjects do appear, they become almost objectified, placed in a role subservient to the acting force exerted by a dominant object. In doing so, Cerutti highlights aspects of physicality and form, while also commentating upon the social connotations that vest items with their typical use and accepted value.
Human beings may form objects, utilize them and wear them, they are also acted upon by them, and this force is most apparent in consideration of clothing. Sartorial choices make a marked social impression, capable of expressing social class, economic standing, personality traits and apparent interests. Affermazioni (III) relates to these charged items, featuring a bearded man luminously rendered in a white off-shoulder dress. His hair is filled with flecks of white accessories, accenting the overall impression as bridalwear. In this composition, the dress is the defining object, as it overtakes the subject with its socially associated gendered connotation. In doing so, Cerutti makes apparent his aims as an artist, being to illuminate the overlooked significance of common objects. In relation to clothing, this fixation is readily observable and commonly understood.