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Installation "Seascape" for the exhibition box3-The changing city at MLAC 6th of July 2010 in Rome by Barbara Coviello "Seascape" demands a refl… Read More
Installation "Seascape" for the exhibition box3-The changing city at MLAC 6th of July 2010 in Rome by Barbara Coviello "Seascape" demands a reflection on the water element. Looking at the famous Sicilian artist’s work the first imposing element is the water in its strength and its predominance over the other elements. Water is everywhere: it counts for seventy percent of the planet earth, as much as for our body, and according to scientists this percentage is likely to increase. Water dominates the world and it is essential to our survival as well as to that of the planet earth. It is the quintessential most ductile and most mutable element, shapeless whilest at the same time bearing all possible shapes; it is indefinable and invincible as it is ever changing. It can be as wild as a waterfall, in which case we must realize that water has not a gentle and bucolic nature, rather it is much stronger than us, it can kill us at any moment. Nature can kill us, like an earthquake and a storm but it can also give us life: all scientists agree that the first forms of life were born in water. So the red fish swimming peacefully are to remind us of our own dependence on this element: we are just like them swimming peacefully without considering that the absence of water prevents life. Moreover the work highlights a public and a private domain of the element: the public one is represented by a fountain, public work by definition. The private domain is signified by a bather in the paintings on the walls. The subject of the bather has always been used in the history of contemporary art; however this bather not only is relaxing bathing peacefully, nor has she only a pleasant and sensual relationship with the water. In one of the paintings the model is depicted as holding a tap and the water reaches up to her throat. The idiomatic expression “to be in deep waters” (the Italian equivalent goes “to have water reaching up your throat”) is very powerful and needs no further explanations. What really strikes and clashes here is the dichotomy between the pleasure to watch and to listen to this work and what the artist is actually telling us. The work invites us to a contemplation upon our relationship with this element which we are so dependent on to the extent that we can lose our lives in the presence or absence of it. Read Less
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