Taking inspiration from the shapes and elements found in nature, Italian artist Marialuisa Tadei creates sculptures that explore spiritual and symbolic representation. She is interested in opposing states such as light and heavy, life and death, organic and technological and the metaphorical implications they imbue.
“In an extreme world of consumerism, my intention is to create art that bridges the gap between the material world and the spiritual dimension.” Tadei
Night and Day (Incarnazione) and Octopus (Polipo) are key examples of Tadei’s use of mosaic to elevate everyday forms into a more ethereal realm. By ornamenting the surface of the steel and concrete structures with hand cut glass, the sculptures are transformed into active, enlivened bodies. The movement of natural light around the sculptures adds a mystical presence and energy to the forms.
Mosaic is an ancient technique that is commonly associated with Byzantine art and Medieval art and architecture. Although it is a historic medium, Tadei studied Art and Art History in Italy, Germany and the UK, and began to make sculpture in the early 1990’s. She has exhibited widely through Europe and North America, presenting work at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and at the Venice Biennale in 2009 and 2013.
The striking element is the colour, the choice of very bright and lively tones creates a magnetic call, further highlighted by intertwining elements that touch each other and approach one another. The result is the same even if it is a meeting between individuals from different places and cultures metaphorically of a great dynamic body of work.The artist focuses on the light and on the effects generated, from transparency, absorption, to reflection;the luminous element forms a deep bond with the materials and helps to give new meanings to the works. Tadei finds in the nature, science and biology the main sources of inspiration and reinterprets them through abstract, allegorical and rich symbols.