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Talking Cushions for a Bed of Water (6 cush. collection) Installation

mara montanari


Installation, Textile on Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric)

Size: 39.4 W x 59.1 H x 19.7 D in

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This group of artwork is born for celebrate the splendour of virgin forests in Amazonas, and my fascination for it. (I don't have been in these places, and probably I never will go there, but this don't mean nothing,this is not the point, cause my themes are conceptual). I want celebrate the Amazonas forest, through the path of literature, of a famous book, The Rivers Ran East, Leonard Clark, 1954 N.Y. This is an autobiography of the 1946 exploratory expedition of an area of the Amazon, El Dorado (a controversial military espionage operation , for sign the political border of land, but really for trace the place of gold metal, petrol, riches of subsoil..). Anyway I think that the autor was completely conquested by the splendour of this "green hell", or, his words are full of authentic human admiration. Besides this book was write in a period, when the Amazonas weren't a "common site of the mind". I have represented 6 passages from the book, in real cushions sewn in multicoloured silk. Each pieces interpreted and worked as a silk collage, contains literary quotations, intentionally hidden inside it. A word invite you to open it; this remaind to Alice's Wonderland, that I like so much. When the wrote silk appear, wrote by myself, you can read on it, the little passage of the book, that represent : 1 The Pigments, 2 the floating hyacinth, 3 chambilla pods, 4 the bellbyrd, 5 the tails of war bonnets, 6 the biodiversity of the virgin forests. As you can see, the cushions are ready to hang up, with a little line of wood, that substiens the cushion, with a little metallic eyelet, to be inserted into a simple hook Fisher for wall. You can even astonish your guests, using these cushions on a sofa, and discover the hidden literature inside, like a typical surrealist game; even if they were not created as objects of furniture. (If I had tried this, the job would have been very simple).

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Multi-paneled Installation:Textile on Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric)

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:39.4 W x 59.1 H x 19.7 D in

Number of Panels:2

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Mara lives and works in Italy in the province of Modena. She began to paint with determination from 1980 to 1995, continuing to study piano; doing some exhibits, personal and collective. She then resumed continuously from 2008. She didn't follow a formal artistic education , but her natural eclectic spirit, led her to express herself as spans a range of media including: installations of leaves-painted sculptures; words on silk panels; ceramic pots; pillow-talking objects; large oil paintings. Her colors are bright, bold, colorful and sunny; her style ranges from expressionism-abstract to figurative-revisited, maintaining a constant freedom of expression over time. She has exhibited in Italy and since 2018 has some collectors in the U.S. Extended history Over the years, I still continue to research and experiment with the same spirit of the beginnings, and now also with a deeper psychic awareness, about creativity: 'Keeping the creative current clear' (C.P.Estés). The subject matter of my work is often poetry and literature, that inspire me to represent, in different ways, some poetic compositions; but also songs, words, quotations, everything which captures me in one casual moment. My themes are: love, nature, feelings, sensations, thoughts. It leads me to a certain libertarian spirit, that aside from reflecting my indole, it born from the passion for Surrealism, understood as a philosophy of life: "poetry, art, love... the surrealist game..., the principle of pleasure on reality..." (Arturo Schwarz, Milano 2009). Reading A. Schwarz, I noticed that the artists I had always loved, all had a common thread leading to Surrealism. Apollinaire, J. Mirò, G.Moreau, Kandinsky, Chagall, Duchamp, they are all among the precursors of the Surrealism. I express myself in different ways: as painting lotus leaves with oil colour; or painting on large canvas portraits; representing a surrealistic poetry with dream images, a bit abstract and a bit ricognizable shape. I also like silk and make many collages with it, in mixed media; or even to create real 'talking cushions' in silk, like art objects that hide their sense in a literary story, to be discovered, inside them, just like ' surrealistic game'. I also like inks and water colour, used in informal style, but always representing a theme, a title, a wrote word, one formal element at least.

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