PRINT October 1985


CINZIA RUGGERI PRACTICES POLYGAMY in her studio in Milan. Simultaneously married to the natural and the artifical, the raw and the crooked, she knits a multilingual fabric of architecture, fashion, design, photography, anthropology, geology and ecology. The offspring are contemporary totems.

Writing about Claude Lévi-Strauss, Octavia Paz notes, “the products of culture-myths, institutions, language are not essentially different from natural products nor do they obey different laws from these which their homologous cells. Everything is living material which changes. . . . We come from nature and we return to it. Except that now it is a jungle of symbolic . . . ” In fact Ruggeri has dedicated work to Lévi-Strauss, and this quote aptly describes her bricoleur ideas as well. There are fabrics printed from photographs of grass (including a four leaf clover), cobblestones, and marble; there are

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