ENLIGHTENED STONE, the new solo show by Roberta Busato curated by Eleonora Raspi for Kalpa Art Living, Palazzo dei Priori, Volterra, 4 September – 7 November 2021
After a long-time working with raw earth and modelling tools, Roberta Busato (Verona, 1976) approaches Volterra Alabaster for the first time, creating a series of new and enigmatic faces in agate, white alabaster and bardiglio. Her new solo show unfolds the passages of a ritual performed by the artist in the presence of the material found in the territory: observation, excavation, the discovery of the soul.
Busato immediately establishes an intimate and respectful relationship to the stone, stroke by stroke, sanding after sanding, discovering the secret it hides. As the only interpreter of this message, the artist acts as an emotional vehicle for her audience: the result is ENLIGHTENED STONE, a new series of lightly sculpted faces. The eyes are closed, the mouth is closed, the nose at times barely pronounced. As if captured in a state of ecstasy, the heads are thoughtful, detached from daily materiality.
Music by Alchimia Sonica