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The argentine gallery PAGANA Casa de Arte presents, in the spaces of Via Stilicone 10, the artist Josefina Vilela thanks to the Open Studio project of Fonderia Artistica Battaglia. Three important factories were involved in the project: Officine Saffi for ceramics, Serra 1938 for wood, Battaglia for bronze.
In her first approach to bronze, Josefina Vilela uses a series of symbols to illustrate the idea of duality: an egg sliced in two asymmetrical parts, a vessel, a walking stick and red earth spread all over the floor of the exhibition place.
Here there is clearly a person missing: the one who walks with the stick and uses the vessel to go through the long path in order to join the two parts of what could be interpreted as the symbol of cosmic egg.
Josefina Vilela requires the viewer to develop a new form of intuitive awareness capable to sense what story the artist is constructing.
What do the two portions of the egg represent? Why are their sizes and colours so different? Could the larger half represent the cosmic and natural forces within our unconscious?
The artist has a profound interest in understanding and experiencing the separation between the conscious and the unconscious; that tension between the internal and external worlds that relay in the human being.
May be the only way of bringing together these fractions is a long and confusing path, one that one has to walk with temperance, and which may help us achieve the union of our divided self.
Josefina Vilela was born in 1985 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her work explores the interaction between inner and external worlds by means of simple objects and messages. In “Savia”, her latest project, created from an au plein air experience, tree barks, cotton paper, graphite, charcoal and copper transform into drawings, sculptures and sound recordings in an intent document the traces of nature. Heavily intertwined with her studies in mysticism and shamanism, Josefina experiences the act of creation as a ritual where organic and inorganic energy intermingle in a new naturalism.