The XXVIII Contemporary Ceramic Competition Prize is awarded to the work “Doll Dresses” by the artist Fabio Guerra (Thiene, Vicenza, 1962). His work develops through the recovery of waste ceramic material that is assembled and stratified. Processing waste in which chance, accidentality generate forms that refer to intimate and collective memories
“The Accadimento work takes its name from the result of the creation process. The image shown on the surface of the artefact generates itself, it is the result of refined effects induced on the surface of the fresh clay through the application of coloring oxides in a dusty state. Then, by carefully and consciously bringing the matter several times from a state of semi-drying to one of rehydration, the added color disintegrates, multiple particles of the oxide powder are detached and copious drippings are formed; with cooking the result obtained is subsequently fixed. From these interactions with clay an aesthetic language is born that is articulated by opposites, where the logical part of designing the shape coexists and acquires meaning thanks to the surfaces then generated by chance, where aspects in antithesis such as constructive rigor and chaos. they find their raison d'être in a compositional expression generated with the help of personal reinterpretations of ceramic techniques and processes. The intent is to establish a relationship with matter aimed at evoking traces left by the inexorable flow of time, a theme addressed by excluding the exact measure, the objective quantity with which we all relate and organize our days in favor of different perceptions. linked to it, temporal dimensions belonging to the sphere of subjectivity and often placed in second order with respect to everyday life. "
- Simone Negri
The work is inspired by Carmenta, one of the Camene, archaic divinity of the springs. It was created after a reflection on both historical-cultural and purely formal and aesthetic aspects. Aspects that concerned the place and in particular the typical forms of the Grottagliese ceramic identity. The work, therefore, in its linearity is a synthesis of these elements, with the aim of harmoniously bringing together tradition and contemporaneity. As if to present itself as a representative and reference object of the aforementioned identity.
The work received the Unique Prize at the XXVI Contemporary Ceramics Competition of Grottaglie in 2019 with the following motivation:
“ Through a dialectical relationship between ceramics and a contemporary language (video), the artist reflects on the Mediterranean; highlighting a disenchanted and ironic look on the iconography of classical sculpture, with affinities linked to a “mythological” and conceptual culture. Furthermore, by updating the relationship with multimedia, the artist discusses the future of the ceramic language, being also a profound connoisseur of the Faenza tradition. "
Link to the video: https://vimeo.com/251185503
The work won the Unique Prize at the 25th Mediterranean Ceramic Competition in Grottaglie (2018) with the following motivation: "The work takes the use of ceramic materials to extremes, from plasticity to implosion due to high temperatures, moreover the he extreme knowledge of the materials contributes to a relevant result highlighted by the cut that characterizes the work. "
First Prize Section Ceramics Design XII Mediterranean Ceramics Competition - Grottaglie 2005
Motivation Award: "For the adherence to the theme, for the formal interpretation, for the wise use of color and for the intense lyricism of the whole".
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