Lot 37 - Melania Toma - Creatura/Sabhia I
Pigments and sand on paper
Signed on Verso
This auction is raising proceeds for The Hepatitis C Trust
Curated by Alexandra Steinacker-Clark
Melania Toma is an Italian-born multi-disciplinary artist living and working in London. At the centre of her practice lies the exploration of the concept of emotional energy. Through the relationship between the world of painting, sculpture and textile art, Toma starts a research around the notions of feminine, time, borders and the problematisation around all of these concepts eviscerated by their own emotional energy: thus emptying them of their innermost meaning, we no longer respond to them and they no longer affect us deeply.
Toma’s practice is guided by the use of this combination of mediums – that come from the encounter with raw materials such as wool, clay, terracotta, sand and natural pigments with oil painting, concrete and animal body parts – and believes in the transformative power of the self and in transformation as a means to bring us closer to totality. In an attempt to reconnect with her own primitive fragmented energy, Toma creates a world populated by totem-objects: Arpilleras, Uterus-pumpkins, Homunculi and whatever else is capable of recovering the fracture between rational world and instinctual drives.
In an attempt to reconnect with her own primitive fragmented energy, Toma creates a world populated by totem-objects: Arpilleras, Uterus-pumpkins,Homunculi and whatever else is capable of sending instinctual messages to the rational side to which we are forced to pay attention.
2021 Master Degree in Fine Arts, Chelsea College of Arts (UAL), London 2020 Graduate Diploma Degree in Fine Arts, Chelsea College of Arts (UAL), London 2019 BA in Conservation of Cultural Heritage and Performing Arts Management, Ca’ Foscari, Venice Erasmus in Kunstgeschichte, Universität,
Upcoming DEEP CUT, Asylum Chapel, Peckham, London 2020 Tibetan Sounds, The Cookhouse Gallery, London CLAY™, TJ Boulting, London CURTAIN CALL, The Shopfront Gallery, London The Energy of Places, Museo di Santa Chiara, Gorizia, Italy Different Visuals Lightly Touched, The Cookhouse Gallery, London
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