Marisa Albanese’s second exhibition at Studio Trisorio was a bitter reflection on the theme of the voyage, from the mythical underpinnings of Mediterranean history and culture to the modern world with all its wounds and contradictions. Visitors were welcomed into the dimly lit gallery by an aluminum tree suspended horizontally in the main space. The sculpture, titled Doppio cielo (Double Sky), 2016, was disturbing in its ambivalenceat once monumental and slender, imposing yet light. Words from Homer’s Odyssey were projected onto the gleaming tree’s surface, recounting the sufferings endured on that epic voyage and the challenges of trying to make landfall. The luminous text acted as a sort of semantic lymph, bringing the tree to life by immersing it in a sea of words.
A closer examination of this work revealed a deeper symbolism embedded in its details. The tree has foliage
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