EARTH and HEAVEN
FORTE DEI MARMI
June - August 2020
Piazza Dante, Via Carducci, Via Mazzini and Via IV Novembre
"Roman divinity that clearly reveals itself as the result of secondary development, carried out in historical times and under the influence of Greek religious ideas, of the ancient Goddess Tellus.
This has only the character of an agrarian divinity, that is to say it is the Goddess of Vegetation, of Sowing and Crops, without any relation to the cult of the dead. [...]
Instead, the concept of the Terra Mater was formed in Rome only later.
The passage from Tellus to Terra Mater through Tellus mater is not sure, and certainly would not have occurred without Greek influences.
The Earth is now in relationship with the cult of the dead, and it is considered as a divine force that has in itself the seeds of life and death. [...]
It is not, however, like the Greek Gaea, the passive female element in contrast to the masculine active element of the sky (Uranus) or of the sea (Oceano); but it is the ground in its double meaning both of field of the harvest and place of burial. [...]
It is certain, however, that the ancient Goddess Tellus has now become Terra Mater and it represents the generating power of the soil, hence the life of plants and animals and the existence of men themselves”.
Franca Parise Badoni
Encyclopedia of Ancient Art (1966)
Following the great success of Terra Mater | Earth and Heaven, solo exhibition by renown Tuscan artist Andrea Roggi – which was held last year in the enchanting setting of the city of Lucca – the monumental bronze artworks by the artist will embellish the Versilia summer 2020 being the protagonists of an en plain air exposition in the historical centre of Forte dei Marmi.
Seven majestic works of art will accompany visitors on a path not only of aesthetic contemplation, but above all of profound intellectual reflection on those themes which are particularly dear to the artist: our relationship with nature — conceived as Mother Earth, a saving power to defend and protect —, the relationship with our cultural roots — memory and traditions that feed us hope for a better future — and the relationship with time, in its inexorable flow.
In an harmonious dialogue with the historical and social context of this Versilia town, Roggi's monumental sculptures are extremely refined structures which are capable of astonishing at a first glance for the great technical expertise combined with subjects oscillating between quivering figuration and spiritual and emotional trans-figuration, in perpetual exaltation of the power of the Terra Mater, common thread and title of the exhibition.
The recovery of a balance, the perception of a common sensitivity, the need to reverse the course of the phenomena, nowadays too rapid, in order to forge truer relationships between individuals and above all to find the awareness that each being bases its existence in the earth, in the encounter with a substrate that supports everything.
This is the reflection that Roggi proposes.
In this time marked by uncertainty and dilated as a result of the recent pandemic, Roggi's exhibition is, now more than ever, a strong symbol of hope, a warning to remind us that art and creativity can - and must - guide us towards a moral and intellectual rebirth.
The exhibition is organised under the patronage of the Municipality of Forte dei Marmi, the Province of Lucca and the Tuscany Region.
Paradise is under our feet
as well as on our heads
Henry David Thoreau