This new exhibition displays Antonella Zazzera's latest works, among which are her Quadri, in which she weaves, spectacularly, the painted gesture on a canvas, or plays with variations on shape and colors, the thickness of the wires, and their vibrations, to produce high-voltage sculptures in which light runs on material so as to make all its energy vibrate.
Antonella Zazzera was born in Umbria in 1976 and attended the Academy of Fine Arts of Perugia, from which she graduated in 1999. Passionate about chiaroscuro and its capacity to model forms across light, she began by making numerous pencil copies of the paintings of Caravaggio.
At the beginning of the 2000s, Zazzera engraved her lines onto a Vetronite metal plate, two thin copper sheets joined by a layer of glass dust, and then photographed them. When she developed her photographs she noticed that the reflections and refractions that had penetrated the copper had given birth to a kind of tri-dimensional material, touched by light. Thus was born her sculpture, that she then developed with its connecting thread: copper.
More than any other material, she says, light is the basis of her sculpture, that she creates while “thinking of painting and its innumerable tones,” all of which she finds in copper. Zazzera continually weaves the thread of her sculpture with her hands, trying to feel, almost blindly, almost instinctively, the harmonious point where her copper wire will be inserted, make a knot, and go off in another direction. Her sculptures are composed of a thread of wires ordered according to a very specific set of practices, creating a metallic framework where light is caught and reflected. She builds a studded frame which outlines the form around which her precious metal, with orange, brown, or red hues, will shape itself, with a ritualistic and bloody back-and-forth between the various points of the pattern creating life. In stratum after stratum, the sculpture becomes heavier, time does its work, and sedimentation takes effect. The artist patiently crosses the stitches, playing on the variations of shapes and colors, the thickness of the wires, and the vibrations triggered by the multiplication of the lines. The framework thus created becomes a receptacle of universal strengths.