10th may – 7th june 2019
Thursday 9 May 2019
Cristina Gilda Artese
Gilda Contemporary Art is pleased to present “Alma”, a personal exhibition by Silvia Trappa, curated by Cristina Gilda Artese, with a critical text written by Paola Stroppiana. The exhibition displays a series of five wooden sculptures that ideally represent five different types of women, loosely based on a feminine imagery belonging to different geographical areas: the Mediterranean, Asia, South America, Europe and Northern Europe.
In addition to the wooden sculptures, some ceramic sculptures will also be on display; these are glazed ceramic sculptures with a strong earthly appearance, called the Matryoshkas (Russian Dolls). There will also be an installation representing the iconography of the Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, made of ceramic using the raku technique.
With this unprecedented project Silvia Trappa draws inspiration from the religious iconography in order to make a sharp statement on the image of women in our contemporary society and, more generally, on subjects like resiliency and power, maternity and metamorphosis, where an alleged weakness turns out to be an unexpected, quiet and granitic strength. The Madonne Lauretane – named after the famous Black Madonna of Loreto – suggest to the artist the standard image of a woman in her maturity, particularly in the magic moment of maternity. The Madonne Lauretane are indeed wooden sculptures sitting on thrones, in which the feminine body, seen from the front, is completely covered with a dalmatic, an amply sleeved tunic worn by upper-class women in the Roman Empire. Only their faces, as well as the faces of the babies they hold – hieratic and detached – are uncovered: the visual effect is that of a monolith, whose triangular volume has its base on the ground and its tip pointed towards the sky.
For her works Silvia Trappa uses different materials, that have significant meanings for the artwork; she uses wood, thus recalling the idea of religious wooden sculpture, and paper, that she cuts like sartorial models and then she applies on the polished wooden surface. Childhood is a recurring theme in her work, seen by the artist like a metaphor of life. Concealed under a veneer of lightness, Silvia Trappa’s work shows a subtle social critique with a shroud of humor. Tapping into history and tradition, she revises in a contemporary way features belonging to different cultures, that become food for thought and a reflection of our society.
“The artist interpreted these figures with a statement developed over time, that influenced her expressive and formal research, in a full circularity of imagination between thought and technique, vision and matter, artist and represented subject” as Paola Stroppiana writes in her critical text on the exhibition. “Virgin, feeding Mother, comforter woman, woman who speaks for others. Anything but fragile, she has been given an extraordinary gift, that is, the salvific strength of selfless love that keeps regenerating, whose presence alone is a symbol of resiliency, the key to eternity for the spirit of men in every time, beyond any religious denominations and beliefs”.
Or not, the monographic magazine of contemporary anomalies, will be avalilable at the exhibition with the issue dedicated to Silvia Trappa, published in 2015.
Orari di apertura:
dal martedì al venerdì dalle 10.30 alle 19.
Sabato dalle 10.30 alle 13 e il pomeriggio su appuntamento.
Informazioni: tel. 339.4760708
Silvia Trappa was born in 1986. After graduating from the Carrara Academy of Fine Arts she studied in Japan at the Tokyo Zokei University. In 2008 she won the Edgardo Mannucci International Prize and began to exhibit in a number of collective and personal exhibitions in Italy and abroad.