Verzutti , Erika b.1971 / Mineral
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about this work

'Mineral' is a group of sculptures that were made individually but are kept together as one family. Each piece in the group represents a geode or a gemstone. The role of geodes in nature seems to be purely aesthetic, as their shape and colour are their most regarded features. By using them to form this artwork Verzutti is making sculpture out of sculptures. 

Often the artist quotes known works such as the Venus of Willendorf and at other times finds herself using nature itself as a found object. Verzutti started creating geode sculptures by making moulds from the natural stones, similar to what she has done with fruits and vegetables in other works. She then made shapes directly in clay, not depending on the real stones to cast from but inventing her own rules to create a different nature. 

The artist always tries to find fertility in her practice, to have the feeling that the work will naturally grow from a small molecule of decision. With a simple repeated gesture of hitting fresh clay with her fingertips, Verzutti created a particular texture for the outside of the gemstones. In the final stages of sculpting the artist uses paint or pigmented wax, a complex yet enjoyable process. In 'MINERAL', she describes "I seized an opportunity to exercise paint arbitrarily, motivated by the variety found in natural geodes' colours and styles". With this group of painted sculptures Verzutti painted some stones with colour fields mimicking Rothkos.

Verzutti perceives sculpture today as something that can exist in domestic and public spaces but also in phone screens of embedded in human gestures; "I believe sculpture does not need much order or space to pulsate. I made one of my first bronzes, Galapagos, an iridescent blue, birdlike arrangement of tropical fruits, in 2007. A friend bought it and placed it by the window in his kitchen on his farm. He then paired it with a dwarf statue that matched much of my sculpture’s size, temperature, and colour. I considered that a happy ending for an art object, finding its profane companion for life". 

Erika Verzutti (b.1971, Brazil )

Mineral, 2013

Bronze, clay and wax
21 pieces, each approx. : 36 x 22 x 10 cm.
21 pieces, each approx. : 14 3/16 x 8 11/16 x 3 15/16 in.
Provenance:
Galeria Fortes Villaca, Sao Paulo, Brazil  Current Location:
USA - New Jersey S - M InstallationLatin America

exhibitions

"Everything You Are I Am Not": Highlights of the Tiroche DeLeon LATAM Collection, curated by Catherine Petitgas
MANA Glass Gallery, New Jersy, USA
May 2016 - August 2016

"Everything You Are I Am Not": Highlights of the Tiroche DeLeon LATAM Collection, curated by Catherine Petitgas
Mana Wynwood, Miami, US
December 2015

Mineral
Tang Museum at Skidmore College, New York, USA
July 2014 - November 2014

Carnegie International
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
October 2013 - March 2014

publications

Dorothée Dupuis, Art Basel Miami Beach Art Week 2015
Terremoto (Online), December 2015
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Scout MacEachron, Spilled Bananas, Split Blades, and Books with Bullets: Eclectic Offerings at Mana Miami
Hyperallergic (Online), December 2015
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Frank Exposito , Erika Verzutti
Artforum (Online), 18 July 2014
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Erika Verzutti
Editora Cobogó (Book), 2013

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