“Flashes, far-away shadows that turn majestic, imperceptible movements glimpsed from a distance, figures that disappear and suddenly reappear, glimmering.
Big eyes, broken lines, gills, scales, fins, mobile jaws and not - animate the outlines of real and imaginary fish.
Thanks to indiscernible puffs of air, the fish move in composite groups or in solitude, as in a dance, bringing the observer to imagine inhabitants of an underwater reality.
Deep sea diver, biologist, but more importantly, homo faber, Andrea Puccetti studies Alexander Calder and is fascinated by the game of equilibrium between weights and movement, with which the great American artist brings single forms together with an apparent lightness.
Cutting from sheets of aluminum, found pieces of brass, selected fragments of copper and steel, Andrea Puccetti brings them together using microscopic screws (never glue) and with a knowing use of weights transforms them into blacktail, mullet, sea bream, grouper - constantly in movement in an imaginary sea. Similar, but different, as in their natural habitat, the single figures display characteristics rendering them unique with respect to their kind and, at the same time, form an integral part of the group.
“Full immersion” is perhaps a metaphor of our being, in which the game and the study find perfect equilibrium - seemingly hinting at the lightness of our existence, and underlying, with irony, its capriciousness.”
- Curator, Laura Mocci
Andrea Puccetti is a biologist and bricolaire. His passion for the deep sea world is the basis for “full immersion”. He lives and works in Rome, Italy.