This catalogue accompanies the exhibition Transparency: Salvatore Emblema (1929-2006) held at BOSI Contemporary from November 14 to January 11. Growing up in Terzigno, a town on Mt. Vesuvius overlooking Pompei, informed his basic artistic impulses. Always a purist with an interest in raw materials, Emblema concerned himself with nature, texture, shadow, and most importantly, light. His use of stretched sackcloth, or burlap, embodied all these interests and quickly became his canvas of choice. An Italian post-war artist, Emblema remains relatively unknown to an American audience despite his artistic achievements that span decades of movements.