EVOLUTIONS (River Po Delta Natural Park: Jun - Oct 2020 )
"The classic dichotomy between nature, as already given and art, the fruit of an interpretative construction is challenged from several directions. First of all because nature is not a static and defenceless substance, but an incessant flow, process, transmutation, precisely "evolutions", in the plural. Secondly, nature offers us an authentic aesthetic experience thanks to the immersive perception, the truthful sensation of part of a single and vast plot of life. According to Harvard’s great evolutionist and entomologist, Edward O. Wilson, this "biophilia" is an essential need of every human being and when severed it can actually cause serious physical and mental disorders. There are countless examples and also philosophers who have shown that damage and misfortunes have led us to the idea of human separation from nature. Vera and Roberto’s art and their evolutions are above all a precious contribution to cultivate our biophilia."
Prof. Telmo Pievani , BIology Dept. - Padua University
Evolutions is an open-air art project of 7 site specific installs.
One of the highlights of the Evolutions exhibit is a giant bed created to be a cruddle for an oak uprooted in August 2017 by a violent storm in Albarella Island.
Oak Weight: 1000 kg; bed weight 17000 kg; bed sizes: mt 7,5 x 1,5 , 1,8. Iron. Copyright Officinadïdue 2020
For Virgil the first human beings had been originated from an oak, a symbol of royalty, solidity and eternity and precisely for this reason it also inspires a sense of humility and submission.
This cork oak was not chosen randomly.
It is the most revered of trees: it can live even a millennium and, like the divine material of the creation myths, its products have represented the raw material of every human creation. Its fruits potentially contain all the robustness and longevity of the plant but only one acorn out of ten thousand actually becomes a tree.
Our acorn began its journey about half a century ago. But in August 2017 a storm eradicated it.
This cork becomes a warning of the fragility of the natural world but above all, it reminds us of the duty as Humanity to protect and love it. This is manifested in the careful care of those who know how to consider an old trunk destined for pulping as an emblem of renewal, a resurrection, a transcendence.
A bed, like a cradle, given its intimate and personal nature, is a place that refers to a concept of protection and closure, where you can retreat to private feelings and thoughts.
"In the rituals of sleep and wakefulness or abandonment at night, we can experience a ritual journey of consciousness in vulnerability but also in its being able to renew itself with the light of dawn. "
Symbols and rituals have the precise task of leading us through insecurities, before any new venture.