Naples

Marisa Albanese

Galleria Dina Caròla

Classical in appearance, Marisa Albanese’s sculptures reveal, on closer examination, a hidden dimension. Four resin figures placed on aluminum pedestals occupied only a portion of the gallery space. From the title of the installation, Korai (all works 2000), one understood that this was a group of women warriors, although they presented no heroic gestures, no implications of action let done of incipient conflict. The off-center position and reduced scale of the figures allowed the otherwise empty space of the gallery to predominate. Though their faces and clothing were identical, the figures were distinguishable from one another through subtle differences in shades of gray and slight variations in the positioning of their hands.

While details of the body were depicted with extreme realism, garments and hair were highly stylized, almost abstract, and this is where the apparent contradiction

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