Federica Sala on Italy, Identity, and New Possibilities for Design
The work is the result of a commission received by the artist in the context of the iconographic program of Nuova Chiesa (New Church) annex of the parish of Trezzano sul Naviglio (Milan). “I accepted the challenge of interpreting a sacred icon that has been the subject of so many extraordinary works in the past, because I was interested in touching the world of popular culture without modifying or disrupting its symbolism, sticking with the tradition yet experimenting with a new language.” The artist had a 19th century Madonna shipped from Naples, and made a casting for the creation of a ceramic copy, with the aime of investigating both the medium of sculpture and the language of the folk tradition. Inside the statue, in a hollow part, he then inserted a device that warms it to the temperature of 36,7 degrees, the same temperature as the human body. The idea starts with spontaneous ritual practiced by the faithful of touching holy statues.
Italian, b. 1948, Galbiate, Italy, based in Milan, Italy