ABOUT THE WORK Giulia Mangoni Conchiglie Lunari - Blue Set, 2021 Hand painted and glazed terracotta plates
35 cm d.
Edition of 2 (6 different plates each), numbered and signed by the artist
Conchiglie Lunari is a body of work developed for ROARK that draws on the scanned pages of an old family heirloom, an illustrated book dating from 1684, The Observation of Animals and Shells. Having lost access to the object itself with the recent sale of the book, I preserve the images that have remained in digital format onto the surface of the glazed terracotta plates. In the act of repeatedly drawing these forms and combining them in different constellations on the plates, I take time to investigate and metabolize the idea of these ancient shells, and in a way, to transform a personal loss into feelings of bounty and abundance, creating surfaces that emanate a sense of celebration.
ABOUT THE ARTIST Giulia Mangoni is an Italian-Brazilian artist whose practice revolves around the ethics of return; she is interested in creating interventions orchestrated through the lens of painting in order to deconstruct notions of memory and identity attached to specific geographies and communities.
Born in 1991 in Isola del Liri, FR, Mangoni was raised between Italy and Brazil and now lives and works in her hometown. Mangoni has a Foundation Degree in Art & Design from Falmouth University of the Arts (2011), a Painting BA (Hons) from City & Guilds of London Art School (2014), where she was awarded the Skinner Connard’s Travel Prize and the Chadwick Healey Prize for Painting, and an MFA from the SVA Art Practice program in New York City, (2019).
She has participated in both national and international exhibitions, including From the Island of Liri, a solo show curated by Juliana Leandra at Dreambox Lab, New York; Ladder to The Moon at Monitor Gallery, Rome; VIVERE DI PAESAGGIO, curated by Mirta d’Argenzio at APALAZZO Gallery, Brescia; Zeitgeber (donatore di tempo) at ArtNoble gallery, Milan and The New Abnormal, Straperetana curated by Saverio Verini. Further to this, in 2020 Mangoni was selected for the CASTRO Projects fellowship program in Rome, being awarded the Scovaventi Italian Fellowship, and was recently invited for a solo exhibition at the 4m2 student gallery at the John Cabot University in Rome. During the same period, Mangoni also organized a group intervention in the town of Castro dei Volsci (Ciociaria), with artists Pietro Librizzi, James Hillman and Anouk Chambaz.
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