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Recupero #17 Sculpture

Claudio Marziali


Sculpture, Wood on Wood

Size: 20.1 W x 15.4 H x 2.4 D in

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It is a section of the trunk of an ancient walnut tree, cut at least 100 years ago, which still bears the marks of the saw on its surface. The fact that the artist chose to use such an old piece of wood already suggests the respect and attention he has for nature and its heritage. The peculiarity of this piece lies in the natural cavity inside the trunk. This feature, which could have made the wood unusable, was instead highlighted by the artist through the application of gold leaf. This processing brings out the beauty and uniqueness of the defect, transforming it into an element of great aesthetic value. The sculpture still retains the marks of the saw on its surface, which testify to the antiquity and history of the wood used. The combination of these elements gives the work a rustic but at the same time precious appearance, thanks to the application of gold that makes it luminous and sparkling. In addition, the sculpture is an example of the ability of art to transform what would otherwise be considered mere scrap into something beautiful and meaningful. The cavity that would have been a defect for most people instead becomes the focal point of the work, showing how creativity can turn common objects into extraordinary works of art. In summary, Claudio Marziali's sculpture is a unique and suggestive work of art that testifies to his attention to nature and his desire to enhance the most hidden and often overlooked characteristics of objects. Thanks to the application of gold leaf inside the natural cavity of the wood, the artist has transformed a piece of scrap into a work of art of great aesthetic and symbolic value.

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Sculpture:Wood on Wood

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:20.1 W x 15.4 H x 2.4 D in

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Claudio Marziali is an Italian artist living in Bergamo; he senses a strong connection with the wood element, which he has always worked with , also as a specialist restorer. When still an adolescent child, he becomes passionate about art, and turns to analogue photography. His style includes naturalistic and experimental images with a strong intimate quality. Later, he turns to painting and sculpture, which will become his favourite expressive medium. Influenced by the East and by the works of architects such as Nakashima and artists like Kenjirō Azuma – as well as Louise Nevelson – he creates his last collection of wooden sculptures “Recuperi”, in which the strong connection between the artist and the natural world is obvious. Marziali opposes the adulteration and distortion of wood, opting instead for spontaneous manipulations of the shapes, and preferring gold as the best tool to highlight the areas which are most damaged and corroded by time. In accordance with the zen philosophy of kintsugi, where beauty in an object is enhanced by its breaking, and with the way of seeing things, also Japanese, of wabi-sabi – which welcomes and enhances the imperfections of time – Marziali has created works which are defined precisely by the free interpretation of the observer, who an independent ‘user’ who relies, in his readings, purely on his senses and his personal history. Each piece does not tell its story, but reveals the story of the one who is observing. “I believe that we Westerners are inclined by culture to try to dominate and tame nature and to rationally explain things. Thus, we see things as if they were rivers forced into cemented margins. I love to accept nature as it is: I take the beam or log and I wash it, I consolidate it and brush it almost with a kind of reverence, since nature and time have already done their patient work. Then I add only some color and gold to highlight their scars, which are the same as those of Man.” Claudio Marziali.

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