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Elisabetta Di Maggio

After obtaining her diploma from the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, Elisabetta Di Maggio (born 1964 in Milan, lives and works in Venice) continued her visual arts studies at the Fondazione A. ratti in Como with Haim Steinbach. In 2000 she was part of the Italian section at the International MoMA PS1 Studio Program in New York. She has had numerous solo shows since the 1990s, as well as many collective shows in Italy and abroad. Some of her permanent installations can be found in Venice at the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa (2004) and the Fondazione Querini Stampalia (2005), and in Milan at the PAC-Padiglione di Arte Contemporanea (2005). For years she has continued her artistic research into shining a light on what for her are the two salient elements of life: the communication networks necessary for transmitting information and the time needed for this passage to take place. She highlights the close connections existing between the threads, circuits, grids, structures and lattices which belong to different worlds but which are part of our existence and in which we spend our time and our everyday lives. Her work method has been the same for years: she cuts different materials, using surgical scalpels. As the artist explains: “I started with sheets of tracing paper and now work on large or small leaves, soaps, porcelain and other surfaces, including building plaster. I spend hours cutting these materials into sections and the result are works that share a common theme: the shapes nature assumes in its spread and organisation.”

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Elisabetta Di Maggio - Natura quasi trasparente
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
This publication documents a site-specific work by Elisabetta Di Maggio at the Museum Portego of the Querini Stampalia Foundation, in the framework of the Venice Biennale. Ivy plants invade the palace's private rooms and create a relationship with past and present time, placing the viewer inside a visual alienation.

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