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Artist Statement

Artist statement

Artist Statement

Tania-con-penello

All life on earth has form and texture, and each individual life, like a single strand or fibre, interweaves with others, becoming part of an intricately meshed fabric that enwraps and connects all of life’s phenomena. Yet each living tissue is fragile, can be damaged, is exposed to the ravages of time and finally will perish.

The lifespan of textiles is not dissimiliar to that one of our own bodies: newness, gradually replaced by wear and tear intil worn out. This connection creates an intimate relationshio between fabric and the body, making textiles itself a metapher for life and death. This impermanence of our existence in material form and the resulting exploration into time is a common thread running through all of my the work.

The inter-temporal connections of the different time axes — past, present and future — are illustrated by the use of materials such as gold, which originated millions of years ago and can still be found in our daily lives. Gold, as a representative of the permanent, the imperishable, communicates with the fragile, the impermanent Now.

I use processes of chemical phenomena such as the oxidation of certain metals to further underline the transformation inherent to life.

Burns, cuts and paddings of humble materials are contrasted with precious inserts to catalyse a metamorphosis, a constant progression of decline and renewal, within an infinite cycle of appearance and disappearance.

My work can be seen as a series of snapshots in which a wide range of material worlds intertwine, damage and repair each other — only for a moment and then they separate again — in an attempt to show this fleeting instant of life, to freeze a moment of beauty before it will inevitably disappear.