Cabinet of Curiosities is a kind of Wunderkammer made of small biomorphic porcelain sculptures, conserved in glass domes. This Wunderkammer grows over... Read More
Cabinet of Curiosities is a kind of Wunderkammer made of small biomorphic porcelain sculptures, conserved in glass domes. This Wunderkammer grows over time enriching with new elements. Each single element has got a 20cm diameter and 20cm height. The fragility of the materials and the complexity of the forms remind of the scientific cabinets from the XVIII and XIX centuries. These porcelains evoke imaginary sea organisms, similar to radiolaria and diatoms thanks to their shape, geometry and even their silica constituent material. The group of sculptures is subdivided into different fantastic species with corresponding structural characteristics. Each species has got an imaginary name made of greek and latin words to classify species and genus, according to binomial nomenclature conceived by Linnaeus in 1735. Sometimes the host species cohabits with a parasitic one, entering into a symbiotic relationship, other times colonizing species is growing quickly embedding itself in the host species. Upon closer inspection the viewer may discover a kind of abrasive filigree which can be grotesque or fantastical. Narrative flow and imagery suggested by these complex structures tell about the feminine, the fragile, the unknowable and the unconscious. So these otherworldly creatures protected by glass domes speak us about natural beauty and curiosity, but also testify death, growth and colonialism.