Figura che si vergogna
The vision of the end, the short-cut future, and the search for warmth are some of my recurring themes.
Melancholy is like a flame that burns and destroys, uncovering something tender and vulnerable.
The first times that I included a pipe or a chimney in a figure, it was a gesture of discouragement.: the figures, even if interrogated, remained mute, illegible. They were silently consuming themselves from the inside, following some kind of obscure desire. Smoke and ash.
I was erasing and repainting, and then erasing again. The figures were like burned thoughts, vanished energy.
Inserting the chimney was the acknowledgment of this experience. The chimney signifies the presence of a flame, the fire of an inner transformation.
Over time, a stratification of meanings formed, like in a chain: the stove, the chimney, the smokestack,
the family and the warmth of the affections,
the continuous agitation of mankind,
the inner being as a flame that burns, the secret transformation of all things, our inner desires slowly burning,
Figura che si vergogna, in its first version, had a figure sinking in the soil on his day of judgment, exposed to the taunting public, as in the Middle Ages.
This figure contains in itself the accused, the witness, and the convicted.
I thought about The Banishment from Paradise and I researched figures that cover their faces with shame. I found images of desperates and killers along with paintings of Michelangelo and Masaccio.
The past resurfaces as a never extinguishing fire. Everything changes and transforms but the vulnerability of mankind – like his violence – remains a constant.
The soil became a bronze hideout with two wings that close to protect the figure. My friend described it as a nest. In this desolate land, I imagined insects and parasites laying eggs, faeces and dirty wastepaper, lizards looking for a spot in the sun. They are malformed, dead. Worms like spermatozoa.
A sexual impulse, old like the guilt.
All of these stand above a stove – it is the domestic fireside.
The ancient Romans believed in the family fireside’s deities, they would watch over the household. A private cult. At the home fireside people remember their dead, tell stories, imagine the future.
The ancient fire of the world was domesticated by man. It is the beginning of the culture.