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Valeria Vaccaro


Valeria Vaccaro

Born in 1988, Turin, Italy.

"Her sculptures focus around fire and combustion as a dynamic purifying element that elevates all things to higher level: fire not as an element of destruction but as a creative force able to transform and shape matter"

Valeria Vaccaro studied Sculpture at the Albertina Fine Arts Academy in Turin as a student of Lu- ciano Massari’s. She started exhibiting at a very young age taking part in collective exhibitions and she was shortlisted as one of the best artists in contemporary Art at the Coffi Festival in Ber- lin.

The artist’s work gives you the impression of looking at something banal and then the wonder happens when you realize that what you're looking at is quite different. Abandon pallets and transport crates are decontextualized from the original setting and offered to the viewer as works of art, where the container unexpectedly presents itself as content. What looks like pallets and crates made of burned wood, reveal themselves instead as sculptures carved in marble with a performance of a disconcerting technical expertise. Veins, shades and textures are reproduced in such a real way as to deceive everyone: only touch can reveal the unexpected marble algidity, which stands in clear antithesis with what is represented, that is fire and wood itself, "warm" ma- terial par excellence. The alleged wood turns out to be icy and unexpectedly hard to the touch, jeopardizing the senses and the perception of the viewer, who experiences with his hands a truth other than what he sees.

Contrary and opposite concepts are combined into a single object, thus generating unexpected paradoxical forms: the wood becomes cold, the marble burns and carbonizes, the crate contains nothing but appears to be the work of art itself. The marble allows the artist to use a noble mate- rial, transforming it into everyday objects that are combustible in nature, creating an effect of hy- perrealism through the use of a non-combustible material.