Archives for the month of: August, 2012

“Soleil” is carved in fine statuary marble. She measures 91.5 x 33.5 x 43.5 cm. The foto is by Stefano Baroni

My exhibition, called “Maria Gamundí, Marmo & Bronzo” starts on September 15th and goes through October 14th, 2012 – in the Sala Grasce, next to the Church of Sant’Agostino.

The opening reception is at 6pm on September 15th.
I’ll post more details as we get closer to the date. In the meantime you can always see more of my work on my website linked here.

 I look forward to seeing you all there!

Pietrasanta featured a show this summer – called “La memoria della Pietra” – it’s a celebration of the artists and artisans who work in the laboratories and foundries in Pietrasanta. I was interviewed – along with many other people – and the interviews have been repeatedly projected on the walls of the buildings in Pietrasanta’s historic center. I post an excerpt of the longer interview which comes from the show’s youtube channel, which we link here.

“La Memoria della Pietra” is directed by Cesare Monti and sponsored by the Comune di Pietrasanta, co-produced by Mataeria in collaboration with “Il Tempo del Sale” cultural association.

This is “The Observers” one of the most sought-after sculptures of mine. It’s an edition of three, with two artist’s copies. I’ve sold all three and one of the artist’s copies … so there’s only one available for sale.

This composition is of three slightly larger than life-size nudes who, while gazing towards the horizon, also contemplate inwardly. They were exhibited for the first time at the international sculpture exhibition  “Boulevard des Sculptures 2002” in Kijkduin, Den Haag, in the Netherlands.

“The Observers” was cast at the Fonderia Artistica Mariani, in Pietrasanta, where I do all my casting.

My work is primarily based on the female figure. I work instinctively trying to give my sculptures life and emotions. Although I find anatomy important I do not copy a model. I simplify the forms to their essence, the abstract qualities such as volume, surface and negative spaces become more important than an exact reproduction. I am a perfectionist, working on the figure from every angle, constantly going over the surface eliminating anything that might detract from the purity of the form without taking away from the power of its expression. To me art has to engage your emotions. This is the difference between art and artistic objects – which may be beautiful and of exquisite manufacture, but remain inert without a life of their own. A sculpture has to have a presence which engages and captures your emotions – and cannot be ignored.

I live and work around Pietrasanta, Italy, which is known for its marble laboratories and bronze foundries.
I am a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, and here is a link to my website.

Il mio lavoro si basa soprattutto sulla figura femminile. Lavoro instintivamente cercando di dare alle mie sculture vita ed emozioni. Anche se credo che l’anatomia sia molto importante, non copio il modello. Semplifico le forme fino all’essenza, e le qualitá astratte dei volumi, della superfice e degli spazi negativi diventano, per me, piu importanti di una riproduzione fedele. Sono una perfezionista, e lavoro sulla figura da tutti i profili, continuamente riguardando la superfice eliminando qualsiasi cosa che possa detrarre dalla purezza della forma, senza diminuirne l’impatto espressivo. Per me l’arte deve coinvolgere le emozioni. Questa é la differenza tra l’arte e un oggetto d’arte che puo essere bello e fatto squisitamente, ma rimae un oggetto inerte senza una sua vita propria. Una scultura deve avere una presenza che cattura le emozioni – e non puo essere ignorata. 

Vivo e lavoro a Pietrasanta, Italia, citta conosciuta per i suoi laboratori di marmo e le sue fonderie di bronzo.
Sono membro della Royal British Society of Sculptors, ed ecco un link al mio sito ufficiale.