San Gimignano

Sabrina Mezzaqui

Galleria Continua | San Gimignano

In a stark white space under a centuries-old archway, Sabrina Mezzaqui assembled works on paper and a video nearly as immaterial as thoughts under the title “Sottolineature” (Underlinings). Sitting just inside the entryway on a simple wooden pedestal, Inter-essere (Inter-being; all works 2005), consisted of rice paper formed into the shape of a book, a work so understated that it might be mistaken for a pile of pamphlets about the show. The top surface was printed with a treatise by Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh (in Italian translation) on the relatedness of things: A poet looking at this page will see immediately that there is a cloud inside it. WITHOUT THE CLOUD THERE IS NO RAIN, WITHOUT RAIN THE TREES CANNOT GROW, AND WITHOUT TREES WE CANNOT MAKE PAPER. . . . AS THIN AS THIS SHEET OF PAPER IS, IT CONTAINS EVERYTHING IN THE UNIVERSE.

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