Claudia Losi

Monica De Cardenas | Milan

Imagine a gallery filled with a throng of animals making love. Claudia Losi has. Her Atti d’amore (Acts of love), 2002–2003, consists of sculptures of manta rays, snakes, dogs, dragonflies, and more, all made of gray felt and hung from elastic strings that give them the appearance of flying and also emphasize their erotic movement, their purely biological sexuality, in contrast to the human species, whose sexual relations are regulated by cultural and social norms.

All Losi’s work involves sewing and embroidery. She is not the only contemporary artist to use this traditional women’s craft, of course. Throughout the world, women and men alike are using embroidery and sewing to create art. It is something more than a formal choice, and in art this manual activity is transformed. Symbolically tied to the feminine, it has become a medium of dialogue between men and women, who can now recognize

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