The body of work for IT'S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME was first displayed at the Ex. Macello, a former slaughterhouse, in Padua in 2013 for the exhibition “Futuro Anteriore”.
Whilst walking the corridor created by the installation, visitors were enveloped by the sound of crashing waves and met by a real goldfish in a bowl suspended in the air.
This work of Roberto Cambi then moved to the exhibition “9th International Arte Laguna Prize” in Venice in 2015 with a different configuration to suit the new surroundings. Selected as a finalist from the section “Sculptures and Installations”, it was awarded the prestigious Open Prize.
The stark space created by hanging the large fishbones reflected the themes of social isolation, depletion of natural resources, never-ending cycle of life and death and more broadly of human fragility. Like a collection of colourful glass washed up on the shore after a storm, Roberto Cambi’s detailed artifacts, lined up in glass jars full of water like preserved specimens, are also a powerful reminder that few stages of life are final.
Everything gets recycled, finds a new place or use, and death represents nothing more than the beginning of life under a new guise.
The installation comprises 36 white clay fishbones, 10 glass containers with glazed ceramic objects immersed in water, sound, and Zagor, a gold fish who usually resides in the artist’s studio in Milan.