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Unmistakable Colors of the Ancient World


Unmistakable Colors of the Ancient World Sculpture

mara montanari


Sculpture, Ceramic on Ceramic

Size: 59.1 W x 59.1 H x 27.6 D in

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Five large classical Greek ceramic pots, blue red orange yellow green. The particular colours of the past, have an irresistible beauty; like the Egyptian blue ceramic, made with the pigment of the lapislazzuli, of the Afghan caves; It is also exciting to see how much the ancients were captured by the beauty of certain colors, so much so as to seek them out at all costs. The Egyptian blue is of a unique beauty: at the International Ceramics Museum of Faenza, in Italy, a piece is immediately recognized Egyptian blue, among many others, and you will have it forever in your memory. For me, colors can betwitch. I wanted to celebrate these famous colors, so sought after in the ancient world. Now is very simple with chemistry to obtain a color, even at home with a banal sachet taken from the supermarket; but in the past, having a purple color was like having gold powder. My research has dealt with the study of colours, the most important colours of antiquity: Vermillion, Tyrian Purple, Egyptian blue, Jade Turquoise green, Indian yellow, Porpora.; Their mesmerizing beauty and the archaeological value. Once again, I quoted a poem regarding each particular colour, which became the heart of the work. The poetry are: Yellow, by K.Mansfield; Green, by F.G.Lorca; Red, by Porpora colour in ancient etruscan writing, greek , phoenix; Blue, by the poetic hour - l'heure bleu -; Orange, by G. Apollinaire.

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Sculpture:Ceramic on Ceramic

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Size:59.1 W x 59.1 H x 27.6 D in

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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. Since 2008 she has a large and bright atelier, where occasionally it's possible to accommodate up to four people, and independently see the works on display. 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'.

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