Caterina Morigi’s research focuses on the less obvious aspects of the matter. In order to address the substance of things, she uses a close gaze, observing the effect of time on forms, on the surface and in depth, ensuring that the work is always dependent on its physical transformations and connected to the surrounding space. The overlap between the organic and inorganic is used to probe the inescapable relationship between man and nature.
Caterina Morigi revisits man’s traces embedded in the dull materiality of rock engravings in a contemporary key. The sculptural series Making Special condenses the characteristics of human errors with the imperfections of machines and the uncertainty of interpretation, subverting the forms of the ancient to bring them into the present.
I would like to read the works with the ‘Jungian’ method, through the symbol that is always linked to human interiority. I start with the labyrinth, an abstract concept that largely captures our timeless interest. In the myths of antiquity, it is believed that some were built to deceive demons and that the labyrinth had an attractive capacity. In other cases, ancestral, circular or elliptical representations are thought to have mirrored astral movements, complementary to earthly labyrinths, symbolizing the loss of orientation, to defend and find (one’s) center.
For Jung, the sun is the symbol of the self and identity; for the Egyptian civilisation it was personified by Oro, the son of Isis and Osiris. The sun rejoins the labyrinth because, according to Eliade, it represents the generating and unifying rotational movement.
The Making Special series was realised in collaboration with Ultravioletto and the company Masutti Marmi. The title picks up on the theories of anthropologist Ellen Dissanayake, who argues that the artist, like human and animal mothers, has been involved in sacred rituals since prehistoric times, tending to make ordinary things special.
Born in 1991, she currently lives and works in Bologna. She studied at the IUAV in Venice and the Université Paris8-Saint Denis. She has participated in numerous artistic residencies in Italy and abroad, including Spira (GR), Paris and Naples, at the Fondazione Archivio Casa Morra. He has exhibited at MAMbo Museum (Bologna), Archivio Casa Morra (Naples), Villa Della Regina (Turin), Mucho Mas! (Turin), MAR (Ravenna), BACO (Bergamo), Museo Nazionale della Montagna (Turin), Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa (Venice), Fotografia Europa (Reggio Emilia). Her practice often includes collaboration with scientific centres (LAMA-Laboratory of Ancient Materials at the IUAV University) and currently with researchers at the Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute and the University of Bologna. She is represented by Galleria G7 in Bologna.
The life of things
and the invisible qualities of objects
22 – 28 September 2022
Corso di Porta Romana, 63,
MM3 Crocetta, Milan