September 2016_by Federica Tattoli
Talking about sculpture, history, Proust and dreams with the Italian artist Marta Pierobon, with the stunning images shoot especially for Fruit by Simon.
How would you present your work?
In the perfect setting for the work itself.
Where do you make your works?
Mostly in my studio but sometimes outdoors, it depends on the size of the work.
Could you tell me something about the Paolina' series?
Paolina/Paoline is a project based on Marcel Proust's book “ Sodom and Gomorrah “.
The image of Paolina is inspired by Canova’s Paolina Borghese and the project is developed in several stages. Paolina assumes different shapes and sizes always interpreting herself, but by telling different aspects of her own power, from fashion ( Paoline/shoes) to her presence in the salons and sociality (Paolina gold) to becoming an aggregator and creator of groups (Paoline on the wall ).
A work of yours that sign a touring point in your research...
“Quarantottometriquadri” was definitely a turning point in my research. I had the chance to start thinking of the setting and the object as one thing.
What can’t be missing from your worktable?
A black marker and a sheet of paper.
A collection you wish at least one work of yours was part of?
A museum where you’d like to have an exhibition?
One of my favourite museums has always been The National Gallery in London. I think it would be very interesting to be able to think of a site specific exhibition for that space.
The market or your need to express?
Lightness or depth?
Day or night?
It depends on the periods. Sometime it's day, sometime it's night.
Indians or cowboys?
A question you’ve never been asked but one you’ve always wanted to answer? Answer that question...
Do you like to like what you like? I do
Could you briefly describe one of your latest works?
One of my latest works is a print on an aluminum mirror. The background is dark green with spots of golden yellow and a lot of different tones of both colours. The image of an imaginary floor plan made of unfired clay is printed on the foreground. The work measures 130 by 90cm and hangs very low on and specifically on his detailed descriptions of social dynamics orchestrated by the ladies of that time. They managed the mundane through social events where they had the opportunity to use their power to create culture.
The wall, close to the floor without touching it, with the top part close to the wall and the bottom part sticking out from the wall by 15cm. The result is an actual floating object. The sculpture turns into an image and the image turns into an object.
What are you reading?
Sex Time and Power by Leonard Shlain.
The Birds by Hitchcock
Where would you like to live?
Do you have reference artists?
I do. Some come and some go, it’s always an evolution. I think of them as tools, therefore sometimes I need one of them and other times someone else.
Artists you’d like to work with?
As above, so if I had to choose today than it would be Ugo Rondinone
A project, related to art, that you’d like to do?
I would really like to create a scenography for a play in a Theater.
If you weren’t an artist, what job would you like?
Let’s imagine a group show. Who would you like to exhibit with?
Hyeronimus Bosch, Fausto Melotti, Paloma Varga Weisz, John Baldessari, Rebecca Warren, Adrian Villar Rojas, Francis Upritchard, Kai Altoff.
Yes or no to curators? If yes, who would you choose?
Curators, yes. I am really interested in curators that have a special love for the space and the display of the work. If he was still alive and he would be curating a show today, I would really like to work with Carlo Scarpa.
A dream of yours?
Since I was a kid I have had the same recurring dream. I would enter a room where on a table there was a piece of fabric, I would pass my hand on top of it to feel the texture and for a long bit it would feel very soft and smooth, then all of a sudden it would start feeling very rough and messy. I would still keep passing my hand over it, and the fabric would then again become soft and smooth. The dream always goes on like this for long while.....