> Gorgan

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Gorgan, red Grosseto marble, 40 X 40 X 40 cm, 2011
image courtesy of RDS, photo by Roland Paschhoff

 

This piece is an exploration of the inner body, it takes inspiration from the internal organs and the reseach of the human anatomy and its context within art history. The work also aims to shift the concept of the tradition in art of representing the external human form and show instead the visceral ‘ugly’ beauty. The stone used is Grosseto  red marble which has been worked to show the contrast between the outer coarser form and the smooth inner crevices. The form is quite sensuous inviting the viewer to associate it to the female organs and the Sheela na gigs. The title Gorgan (gore+organ), takes from the Greek mythology Gorgon. In Ancient Greek it means a female creature, deriving from the ancient Greek word gorgos, which means “dreadful creatures”. Because of their legendary and powerful gaze that could turn one to stone, images of the gorgons were put upon objects and buildings for protection.

> Wound X

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Wound X, Candoglia marble, human teeth, 50 X 10 X 8 cm, 2006

In Wound X, the ambiguous and uncanny are explored, questioning our relationship and preconceived notions of objects. Wound X investigates in particular Sigmund Freud’s theory of the Vagina Dentata (toothed vagina) and the topic of mutation. Using materials such as marble to imbue the work a flesh like appearance, Wound X aims to attract and engage the viewer and their subconscious.

 

 

 Wound X, detail

> Archaic Wound

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Archaic Wound, Parian Marble, 40  X 80 X 40 cm, 2005

This piece takes inspiration from flesh-wounds and inner organs contrasting it to the tradition of representing the outer human figure. The organs of the body are celebrated by using a noble material such as marble, traditionally associated with classical sculptures in ancient Greece. The form, loosely resembling a liver, also aims to connect the piece with the art of hepatoscopy practiced up to the classical era. These references of rituals and superstition are recurrent in my art practice. Apart from the crevice, which was created with the use of power tools, the sculpture is purposely carved by hand almost in a ritualistic manner celebrating and highlighting the manual work of craftsmen-artists. This refers to the shift from the traditional fine arts to the more conceptual approach in post-modern era. The material used, Parian marble was acquired in Greece, its main characteristics are clearness, limpidness and its ability to capture light, offering superior plasticity making it one of the most unique materials of classical architecture. As a form of respect towards this precious material and with the visceral form in mind, the sculpture was created without altering the original outer dimensions of height, width and length of the stone.

 

 

> Organs

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