Elio Ticca, UN, 2017
Stainless steel, polyurethane foam, clay, gesso, plaster, acrylic
87 x 26 x 23 cm
A bust of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, meets a stalactite-shaped sculpture. The wig of the queen seems to recall the stalactite, as if Eighteenth-century hairdressers aimed to mimique natural forms in nature. The artist's aim is also to raise question on the mimetic nature of art, and the mystification between the biological and the artificial. In the work the bust is in fact a natural concretion, coming to life before the stalactite itself.