Just when you think you’ve seen everything, you stumble across something like the work of Bologna-based Il Dito, a pseudonym which is apparently Italian for ‘the finger.’ According to UK-based site Metro, the artist has explained this unusual approach to portraiture thusly: ‘In Italian someone could say I wanted to ‘hide myself behind my finger’ – it’s a metaphor to indicate a not-very-effective hiding place. I used this metaphor to say we all try to hide ourselves behind an image of us we create. That’s my finger, the changing masks everybody wears in playing life… especially famous people.’ Works for me, since there are certainly worse Italian metaphors based on body parts. I’ve posted a few fave portraits below from the many to be found on the Ditology site.
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