This sculpture is a self-portrait of the artist. It was shown at the exhibition "Sogni d'Oro" at AlbumArte, Rome, in the summer 2016. "Incubi d'Oro" is a pun on the Italian expression "Sogni d'Oro" which means "Sweet dreams". It could be translated as "Sweet nightmares". The artist shows the mind while asleep. The dreams take form outside of the porcelain portrait savagely hung by a nail. They are covered in gold, a material often used by Samuel Yal to figure the immaterial part of the self.
The sculpture was created in Madrid at Casa de Velázquez where the artist was in residence in 2016.
Image rights: Galerie Ariane C-Y & Sebastiano Luciano
"Sogni d'Oro", AlbumArte, Rome, summer 2016.
About Samuel Yal
French, b. 1982, Annecy, France, based in Saint-Cloud, France