Material: Silk, linen stitched to paper (sketch canson 90 gr. )
Dye Technique: various natural dyes
Size: 22 x 22 cm / 8,6 x 8,6 in. Framed 34×34 cm./13,38 x 13,38 in. aprox.
ASSIEMI: Works by Maddalena Forcella
Born in Rome and trained in classical studies and in the restoration of ancient art, Maddalena Forcella has made Mexico her home since 1986. In Mexico, she has focused on the practice of weaving using natural dyes and on textile design, living and studying with indigenous communities in Chiapas and Oaxaca.
The Italian word “Assiemi” that gives the name of this series of works, translates in Spanish to something like “a grouping,” but the Italian emphasizes the concept of harmony—a fusion of disparate elements that become a unified whole.
Using small pieces of cloth collected over the years in her textile work, she combines, assembles, and sews together multiple elements to create something new: an intimate space in which different shapes, with their own mass and weight, sustain a delicate equilibrium. In each, there is a balance that is restful, meditative, like a peaceful silence. And each, as well, carries a dynamic tension between conflicting drives: the pull of gravity, and the push forward of life. In these assemblages, Maddelena Forcella offers us not just visually arresting abstractions but rather portraits of being.
Michael Sledge | 2017
Recent exhibitions - Individual
2017-2018 Centro Cultural Santo Domingo, Oaxaca.
2017 National Gallery of Jordania , Amman, Jordan.
2017 Byblos Cultural Center, Lebanon.
2016 Gallery 391 Meil 393, Beirut, Lebanon.
2016 Samsun Museum, Samsun, Turkey.
Galeria de Bellas Artes, Mersin, Turkey.
2015 Contemporary Art Center, Izmir, Turkey.
Cer Modern Museum, Ankara, Turquia.
2014 Museo Textil de Oaxaca: “Tintes naturales a pinceladas”,Oaxaca, México.
2009 Museo de Culturas Populares San Cristóbal de Las Casas,Chiapas, México.
Site specific Installations
2016 Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art, Hangzhou, China
2010 Fort Da / Sampler a project for the Neutra VDL Research House II
by Santiago Borja with Maddalena Forcella. Los Angeles, California. USA.
Recent exhibitions - Collective
2015 Centro de Las Artes de San Agustín, Vista Hermosa,Oaxaca
2015 Museo Franz Mayer, Ciudad de México
2014 The Fashion and Textile Musuem, London, UK
2014 Celery Space Gallery, Berkeley, California
2013 International Triennial of Tapestry, Lodz , Poland
2011 WTA - Bienal Internacional de Arte Textil, Salón gran formato, México D.F.
2010 Museo Franz Mayer, “Yo siempre vivo yo nunca muero, arte textil contemporáneo”, Mexico D.F. 2010, Mexican American Cultural Center, “El maíz es nuestra vida”, Austin, Texas
2009 Museo Textil de Oaxaca, “Yo siempre vivo yo nunca muero, arte textil contemporáneo”.
Present in the permanent collection of Museo Taller Luis Nishizawa, Toluca, México
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