The greatest artists are not those who makes of the finest materials the substance of their art. Nor those who takes the conceptuality of art to extremes, bringing it to frankly grotesque and revisable levels. I believe the purest artists are those who, through art, tells their legacies, the mortal remains of a life that has deep roots, in miraculous balance with nature and the environment that surrounds them.
The Italian artist Lucia De Carolis summarizes the bond that a person has with the land where is born, where grows up, where lives. Lucia was born in 1988 in Cascia, Umbria (in Central Italy), but she formed artistically in Spoleto.
She come from a family that, for generations, has known what it means to be in direct contact with nature: from the agricultural sector, from the care for the land and its fruits. And it was precisely her curiosity for nature (which, as Lucia says, is the largest encyclopedia we can have), which led her to look for tools that she did not yet know.
After the high school of art attended in Spoleto, Lucia began to experiment with different sectors, such as jewelery, sculpture and painting. For many years she carried both passions (and professions) of her life, working on the family farm and, at the same time, carrying on her art, always seeking a balance between the two.
In 2016, the terrible earthquake between Umbria and Marche disrupted the whole country, showing once again all its structural fragility. From there, however, an idea was born. Lucia participated in My Christmas Venice, an exhibition held in the world most famous city of gondolas, Venice.
A perfect and romantic background for an artwork that is based on a material used since the Neolithic: copper. An element, versatile, malleable and always of pleasant visual appeal. Lucia recovers the material needed to build a work of 2 meters by 1.60 meters from her uncle, a plumber, who would have destined the copper pipes that the Italian artist then cast and forged, to the landfill.
In short, a rebirth of a material discarded and then recycled to make it an artwork. The sculpture represents a tree with 299 leaves, which symbolize the victims caused by the 2016 earthquake. Lucia tells us: "The approach to the art of recycling comes from the countryside and from working the land.
I don't like those who soil the earth. If I find materials such as iron, sheet metal or aluminum, left there as garbage, I feel the need to give them new life. This can happen with many elements, even polluting ones, such as plastic or copper, which are then worked and forged, can come back to life."
An indissoluble bond with the earth and nature, which has made it possible to create works of art of exquisite workmanship, which we will discuss in the next article.