I started off with these charcoal/pastel sketches below.....
(You can check out his wonderful work here: www.pietromanzo.net)
Playing around with the concept of mosquitos as sculptures, I wanted to use materials from
the earth to exhibit how these tiny, fragile creatures have such a strong presence to cause huge damage to our eco system. Below are three pieces symbolizing this idea.
zanzara #1: travertine, fresh flowers
zanzara #2: marble, fur, tree branch
zanzara #3: travertine, caribou antlers
Dario Arcamone is a super skilled sculptor living in Toscana who mentored me with these pieces. I broke a rock or two while carving and he was always there to walk me through everything and find solutions.
Daria Filardo (http://www.celesteprize.com/dariafilardo) is a mind blowing curator and art historian who has taught me crazy amounts of information this fall. She really helped me cess out concept issues with this sculpture series.
I also worked closely with John Taylor - an exceptional person/academic/sculptor and will continue to do so this spring in prepping for the Arctic residency.
Again, this series is in progress, so I will post more next spring as additional pieces come together.
Thanks for checking it out!