Legàmi (Connections) features works by Isabella Ducrot, Margareth Dorigatti and Angelo Titonel, each artist displaying three works from a specific collection.
Isabella Ducrot | Bende sacre (Sacred gauzes) (2013)
These works were inspired by the fabric used to make them: Tibetan votive scarves (katha) that Ducrot collected during her travels to India. The three works on display here were previously displayed at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Rome in 2014. Ducrot uses her skillful touch to re-shape the fragile silk; in so doing, she uncovers its essence, a combination of threaded fabric and artful weaving. In some of the works, she does not undo the woven silk and instead impresses upon it circular patterns: these appear on the gossamer fabric as notes on an ethereal musical staff; they trace the sounds of mantras, prayers, and chants, capturing them on the ghostly canvas.
Margareth Dorigatti | Charlotte – Goethe (2001-2004)
This collection of paintings was inspired by the letters that Goethe wrote Charlotte von Stein (approx. 1700 letters over 10 years). Unable to access the young woman’s responses – which she demanded Goethe return to her and subsequently burnt – Dorigatti surmises their content by reading between the lines of Goethe’s letters. She steals into the sealed envelopes to find Charlotte’s hidden voice and offer it to her viewers on the canvas.
Angelo Titonel | Racconti (Tales) (2015-2016)
These three works are completed by applying different color charcoal pencils (ranging from light gray to black) on paper (the largest measuring 160 cm by 160). They are part of a new collection entitled ‘Tales’. Mysterious heads, which are drawn individually or in pairs, seem to engage in a dialogue between themselves or with their viewers. While we listen, we are free to imagine their personality, their history, and their woes. In the works where the heads come in pairs, the narrative unfolds on several planes: it tells of the relationship between the two (as stated in each work’s title) and of their physical and psychological differences, as embodied by their different traits.
Between fabric and fabrication, marked by fate which seems to dictate the encounter and relationship between the two thus unveiling their purpose: their proximity to the primordial bundle.
Between lovers who use the canvas to renew their exchange, imagine words and recreate thoughts.
Between viewer and artwork, as the act of viewing completes the mysterious and attractive lack of harmony in the piece becoming part of the tale it tells.