- ROME, MAY 14 - How much art, how much life and how many themes can coexist in a tree? What does a secular specimen tell us that from the earth, where it has its roots, has risen almost to heaven, a witness of time and human events and errors? This is where "The eucalyptus revolution" by Nina Maroccolo starts, artist, singer, performer, writer, who signs the new unpublished exhibition concept hosted at the Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Rome, from today until August 29, curated by edited by Plinio Perilli. Not an exhibition of works or objects, but a single work consisting of a series of photographs, writings, books, small sculptures, to re-establish the world of Nature and where, in some way, Nature itself is the artist. A hymn to life, conceived as part of the initiatives forEarth Day 2021 of 22 April and which, says the Capitoline superintendent of cultural heritage, Maria Vittoria Marini Clarelli, "supports Back to Nature as in a constellation", the second edition of the exhibition project just inaugurated in Villa Borghese.
"The idea - explains Maroccolo, who has been working on the theme of nature for decades - was born in 2007 in front of an imposing eucalyptus tree overlooking the sea in Acitrezza. It was the first time I saw such a large and old tree, moreover between places that refer to historical memory and pages of Verga ". Starting from that tree of salvation, Maroccolo therefore reinterprets nature in its continuous change with photography, immortalizing the story that flows on the bark of a tree.
But also with non-figural iconographic paths, totemic structures and mandalas, recreated from plant scraps of the eucalyptus, which become lacerations or rather "macerations", as he defines them, "given by the 'waste principle' of the grandiose Beauty of Nature in its to be alive and throbbing ".