Finale Participating Artist
Valentina Sciarra, Rome/Sofia
Valentina Sciarra is born in Rome, Italy in 1983.
After her Master Degree in Law and many specialized courses in photography, she obtained her diploma in 2013 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome with a thesis Les espaces en friches (Engl. Wastelands) exploring such areas in urban space.
Her works in general are in-situ interventions that transition from photography to installation, from sculpture to sound.
Since 2016 she has carried out specific research on stone sculpture, in which the way of acting is not directed to shaping - molding - giving form to the stone, but the focus is to grow-thing or transfiguring the potentiality of the stone itself. The sculptures are a consequence simple and direct of the original shape or geological conformation of the stones.
Every stone is chosen for its ability to suggest and for its ability to become.
2019, mural sculpture, onyx marble, 200 x 210 cm
Madre Terra is a wall sculpture built on a 90-degree angle, thanks to the specific geological conformation of the stone used (onyx marble). The main point of the work is the stratification of the stone, or the process by which surfaces are formed that divide sedimentary successions at various hierarchical levels.
Social stratification is a universal trait of human societies, which are organized in historical or structural overlapping of different phenomena. We can speak about the social stratification or the location of individuals or groups on different layers, subject to social evaluation and distinguished based on parameters. Finally, the linguistic stratification, the diachronic overlap in a language of linguistic elements of different origins, or the synchronic presence of several layers corresponding to different social levels. In all these cases we talk about the process of social stratification.
Madre Terra shows just a short shot/flash frame of our phase of evolution, an active rest, during which a maturation process is developed or a change is realized and perfected thanks to the process of stratification.
The choice to create an angular sculpture is derived directly from the geological conformation of the stone, exactly to amplify the visual attraction towards the layering process set in the corner of the wall.
The sculpture is therefore itself an integral part of the wall, penetrating inside it and at the same time creating a new surface, a new layer on this. For this reason the process of "social stratification" to which the work is inspired, is at the same time an integral part of the construction process of the art work, and certainly of the stone.