Enrica Borghi: presentation, installation, exhibition in SACI’s Maidoff Gallery through October 8, 2016

Enrica Borghi exhibition at SACI's Maidoff Gallery

Enrica Borghi exhibition at SACI’s Maidoff Gallery

ENRICA BORGHI: Scent of an Artificial Paradise


Curated by Laura Villani

Last week, Enrica Borghi came to SACI as a guest artist for the occasion of her exhibition in SACI’s Maidoff Gallery, Scent of an Artificial Paradise. She gave a presentation of her work to SACI students and guests in the garden with a quick demonstration of how she works with recycled plastic bottles to create delicate and colorful jewelry by heating, melting, and forming the plastic.

After the presentation, Enrica and SACI Gallery Coordinator, Naomi Muirhead, installed her work in the Maidoff Gallery. The walls were covered with colorful arabesques made with grids of spheres meticulously covered in aluminum foil, resembling chocolates. In the corner of the gallery near the door to the garden, a cascade of roses made from thin aluminum foil, in a vibrant International Klein Blue (IKB) color that generates metallic reflections and balances with the beautifully painted ceiling of the gallery.

Enrica Borghi creates her artworks by poetically transforming materials of common use, or more often materials in disuse intended to be discarded or recycled, products or waste materials that seem to have reached the full extent of their life cycle. These materials are picked up by Borghi, reinvented, and used to create an enchanted fantasy world.

For the exhibition in SACI’s Maidoff Gallery, the artist created an installation where nature is re-created through the artificial and ephemeral beauty of aluminum, the third element on the face of the earth, a material that can be recycled and given a second life.


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