About the Artwork
|Salvatore Arancio’s works It Was Only a Matter of Time Before We Found the Pyramid and Forced It Open evoke a sculptural garden in which the sculptures are shaped by forms informed by the petrified trees of the “Lava Trees State Park” in the Hawaii Island, that preserves lava moulds of the tree trunks that were formed after a volcanic eruption in 1790. By using a natural material like clay to recreate the lava trees’ totemic presence and by toning the resulting shapes with iridescent, metallic glazes, the artist’s aim is to create a link to his ongoing fascination about nature as a theatre for rituals, worships and self-induced trance states. Arancio doesn’t hesitate to convene science and make apparent their mystical side decontextualizing the forms that have inspired him and emphasize the strangeness and the evocative power of these natural elements that may recall phallic symbols and esoteric signs.
The sculptures were made in collaboration with the Antica Ceramica Gatti of Faenza (Italy) to be presented at the 57th Biennale di Venezia in 2017.
Courtesy of the artist and Federica Schiavo Gallery. Photo: © Nick Turpin
Glazed and unglazed ceramic, epoxy resin
160 x 90 x 270 cm, 160 x 90 x 250 cm