"Ex voto: Non imprigionare i sentimenti" by Patrizia Grieco.
Sculpture in papier-maché wood and patinated iron with rusty effect
Heart detail: patinated red acrylic
Dimensions: 38 x 28 18 cm
These are not material things among the most important things that are given to us by life, by our God, or by nature. I offered this "ex voto" (For Grace Received) to the Cosmos, because it allowed me to have the courage necessary to open the door to the love of my family, friends, neighbours and my love, remaining faithful to the desire to forbid victory to that bad that often is inflicted upon you, to avoid negative experiences changing me.
Patrizia Grieco is a contemporary sculptor who lives and works between Italy and France. She has collaborated with Simeoni, Lista and Duriez. In 2011 she founded the Ventiditalia group, together with other artists and the curator Nino Altilio. Since 2012 she has exhibited in Berlin, Sanremo, the Venice and Genoa Biennials, Naples, Zunyi (China), Fukuoka (Japan) and at the ancient De Martino furnaces with two exhibitions and performances: La Nostra Storia and Gabbie.
In 2016 she attended an artistic residence in Tucheng (China). In 2019 she was the winner of a Unesco project, along with the artist C. Guicheteau, which is currently in the process of being realized for an open-air museum. Her works are present in the Museum of Nove, Museum of Modern Art in Tucheng (China), L.A.M Pomona (CA) and other public and private collections.
The artist says of her art: “I consider my works to be sort of autobiographical becasue they always express my joy, my love for life, nature and the surrounding world, but also the sadness of not recognizing myself in it, my worries, the restraints of modern society, and how to protect ourselves from them, and the ones we build ourselves ... This is what I would like to show through my work, my continuous journey towards knowledge that is deeply rooted in my past."