These artefacts are juxtaposed to Eleanor Herbosch and Akiko Hirai’s artworks. The vivid, scratched, marks made in oil, acrylic and clay of Herbosch’s paintings reminiscent of mysterious hieroglyphics, establish a connection with the same emotional charge of Etruscan writing. Raw earth, along with its tactile and diverse chromatic qualities, has entered into Herbosch’s creative vocabulary. The surfaces of her painting are coarse, deep, textural and almost three-dimensional.
Next to these paintings, are three ceramic vessels of Japanese ceramist Hirai, internationally known for her Moon Jars series, highlighting an exploration of contrast, the juxtaposition of coarse clay and translucent glaze. Among the exhibited artworks, two Moon Jars pieces present forms that appear to be on the verge of collapse, geological in aesthetic and almost volcanic in their surface energy.
AEVUM, running from 8 of July to 4 of September 2022 in Palazzo dei Priori, inaugurates the three-annual project TIMELESS ENCOUNTERS | ETRUSCAN AND CONTEMPORARY ART and takes a part in the rich cultural programme of Volterra as First Tuscan City of Culture 2022. The exhibition project, promoted by Associazione Culturale Anima Silvae e Museo Etrusco Guarnacci, has been made possible thanks to the collaboration of the gallery KALPA Art Living and the generous support of Altair Chimica (Saline di Volterra) and MATTEOBRIONI srl (Gonzaga, Mantova). The exhibition is also supported by Comune di Volterra as part of the funding for the year of First Tuscan City of Culture 2022. The project is under the Patronage of Regione Toscana.
Photography by Simone Stanislai, courtesy of KALPA