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Annamaria Zanella: Constructive Works, 1993-2007

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Published: 16.11.2016
Annamaria Zanella: Constructive Works, 1993-2007.
Renzo Pasquale
Text by:
Virginia Baradel, Mirella Cisotto Nalon, Graziella Folchini Grassetto, Otto Künzli, Cornelie Ueding
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Comune di Padova Assesorato alla Cultura
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Soft cover. 140 pages. 20 x 20 cm. Color photographs
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A book compiling works by the Italian artists from 1993 to 2007. The publication was coinciding with her solo show at Klimt02 Gallery in Barcelona.
Beyond blue

It sat on the edge of my father's desk, had two little ears, and it looked down to me. When I pointed to it, the grown-ups lifted me up to look at it. I screamed and kicked and did everything I could to get away from it as fast as possible. But I had hardly grown big enough to climb a chair, when I was already cranking its handle over and over again. One day I discovered that it was able to eat a whole black pencil and even colour pencils in an instant, one, two, three. I was mesmerize and cried bitter tears when I was eventually forbidden to play with it: my father's pencil sharpener. When my father gave his sermons from the pulpit, I took the opportunity to shorten his pencils in his study, secretly and only bit by bit. It was crucial not to leave any traces that could have exposed my undertakings. Therefore I made sure to take with me the shavings of the wood that had surrounded the lead.

I was fascinated by those delicate and fragile, beautiful spirals with their colourful star-like edge and the way they spun into space. I hid them in a little box. This was perhaps my first treasure. Later, when I had learned how to operate machines and use various tools, I still appreciated the shavings, those that came flying out of the plane, especially when the shavings were of spruce and fir wood. They generously spread the scent of freshly cut wood. That shavings can also cause injuries, I learned painfully while drilling metal. As elegant in form, as seductive in its colour the deep yellow of brass, the salmon-pink of shiny copper, aluminium, innocent white, and cold steel metal shavings are razor sharp, they cut skin in an instant; with murderous ease they penetrate your flesh. Many of Annamaria Zanella's creations are more or less directly reminiscent of shavings. But in most of her brooches and rings, the marvel of their colours, the dynamics of their form and their composition that come together with their apprehensive curvature, the slated surface, the torn character and sharpness of very thin shavings that tell of the high energy that caused the matter to separate. Despite their delicate and fragile appearance, the jewellery also reveals the immense physical and mental power inherent to the process of their birth by the hands of the artist. In my hand, I am holding a new brooch by Annamaria Zanella. It is a flat bowl, a lake in clear azure. Its waves are just calming down. My gaze is being sucked into it, slowly and steadily sinking to its ground. I am surrounded by silence and blueness. The curve of the sky; infinity in my hand. Its periphery is dark, heavy and ominous. In-between hovers a dividing thin band of radiant light. A ring of gold secures the firmament, turns blue into a blue beyond mere colour, a non-place to dream, to rise, to get lost and find oneself again. From the shavings, Annamaria Zanella found her way through broken open spaces and layered architectonic structures, through intensive and multi-facetted colours to objects that show energy, breath inner and outer peace, and invite to meditative contemplation. Art that deserves being called thus, is always a journey, leading into depth, beyond the horizon, infinite heights, and into foreign terrain and it does so without ever promising any security. On my journey, I am taking a little colour pencil for sketches. Sharp and blue.
/ Otto Künzli, jewellery artist.

Text at the book "Opere 1993 - 2007 constructive works"

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Text in English & Italian.
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