solve et coagula 2017
Solve et Coagula is a three dimensional landscape composed by bonsai trees, a fossilized ivy root and epsom salt crystals that I grew on the tree branches,
I wanted to create a simulation of life and growth by utilizing an element which prevents botanical life from regenerating and developing.
My work is always a portrayal of the life and death cycle either as an interrupted circuit or as an ongoing perpetual alternation. My work also plays with the concept of chaos theory presenting both an element of control and structured creation and an alchemical/magical aspect where I surrender my action to chance and fortuity. This happens when I create salt crystals or when I immerse an element in resin: I prepare the basis and the structural premises for unpredictable growth dynamics or chemical reactions.
Orfeo, yucca flower immersed in clear resin
Geomanzia, inlay of marble and real butterfly wings. A marble structure that is reminiscent of Italian labyrinth gardens contains real insect wings, juxtaposing the outer geometrical structure that remains unvaried in time and the organic inner material which is subject to alteration and possible deterioration in time
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Giulia Manfredi was born in Castelfranco Emilia in 1984, she majored in painting in Bologna at the Academy of fine arts in 2008 with a thesis in new media and satellite technology. She has lived in Berlin from 2006 to 2014 where she has attended courses at the the UDK (university of arts) in visual communication and fine arts with Hito Steyerl. In Berlin she has collaborated with a collective of international artists with whom she has organized different projects and exhibitions. She has won the fifth edition of Premio Cramum in 2017 and has exhibited in numerous european cities and venues, She currently lives and works in Rome.