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coleção no.6–––ARCHETYPE




ARCHETYPE


Artist residency
Villa Lena, Tuscany



In September 2020 I was invited to be an artist in residence at Villa Lena in Tuscany.

For the residency I was excited to continue my research around travel, memory and architecture.

I decided to focus my visual research on the Archetype.

Studying those archetypes as they appear around Villa Lena and the surrounding region, deconstructing and reconstructing them based on my own experience and rhythm of using the space, and observations of other people’s interactions.



ARCHETYPE — Installation views.



ARCHETYPE





pure form

the concept of a thing

patterns of behaviour

recurring symbol




Above — trigon archetype pieces:
Trigon i (oil pastels – 65x50cm) 
Trigon ii (acrylics — 100x70cm)
Trigon iii (oil pastels — 65x50cm)




The villa was built in the 19th century, inspired by Palladio and turn–of–the–century Italian neoclassical architecture, using grandeur of scale, columns, simplicity of geometric forms and Greek or Roman details.







Above — the 19th century villa (and me on the balcony!)



As a trained architect, I was repeatedly inspired by the spatial, architectural and decorative details of the villa itself and the buildings of the surrounding areas — Palaia, Pisa, Siena and Florence.




Fig. 1 — Archetypal shapes found in Tuscan neoclassical architecture.





Top left — TUSCAN FANTASY final ceramic pieces (terracotta).

Above: ceramics and paper cutout studies.



Because of my spatial training, I am often interested in taking a piece beyond a bidimensional drawing, experimenting with shape and contour but also volume and shadow.

In the residency I developed prototypes for a wall installation in relief paper cutouts and native terracotta, handbuilding a final collection of ceramic pieces soon to be installed at Villa Lena (see “Tuscan Fantasy”, above).






Working with geometry and precise shapes for much of my trajectory, during the residency it was also a great pleasure to discover the freedom of creating geometric forms with a freer, looser hand.


Above  FORMA installation.






I also worked on FORMA, a temporary installation of found wood, metal and other materials, futher experimenting with the archetypal shapes and their relationship to each other in the physical space.









Fig. 2 — personal documentation of the architectural shapes and archetypes in the surrounding areas.



Artist–in–residence
Villa Lena Foundation

August 31—October 2, 2020

Palaia, Pisa
Tuscany