Domenico Magnifica – ceramic sculptures
Homage to Claudio Lolli (italian singer) year 2015, black material black slip marl, measures length 55 cm, width 35 cm, height 55 cm. For the realization of this work I have devised a subjective technique that moves away from the techniques commonly used for the realization of ceramic sculptures
The city seen as an autonomous body that has its own life
The city moves forward without reason, devouring all in the name of profit and money, not stuffy living space. Yet the man did this, few men have built prisons for many exploiting other men, like a carnivorous plant has attracted everyone though promising well-being, a being that you pay with your life, the city brings upon itself the wounds inflicted to men by other men, and inexorable does not stop, higher, bigger, more distant from man and in it the most distant men.
My first encounter with clay was in 1995 and I immediately started working in the sector of ceramics.
My hands seemed to enter into a perfect harmony with this material right from the start, and I found that I was able to give a concrete form to my thoughts and emotions with surprising ease.
I soon started working in the workshop of the architect, painter and sculptor Paolo Vasta, where I had the thrilling experience of seeing him mould the clay and give it an original shape. The step from assistant to collaborator enabled me to develop various professional and artistic projects together with him.
In the same period I also met Giovanna De Sanctis Ricciardone and I began to collaborate with her on realizing some of her artistic creations.
The practical experience I have gained so far has given new forms and shapes to my expressive ideas, transforming into physical objects the dialogue between my inner world and the environment, incorporating feelings, people’s life stories, nature… basically everything. My perception of the environment that surrounds me is thus absorbed, metabolized, reduced to its essence, stripped of anything surplus and of background noise, so as to give rise to shapes and colours.
The techniques I use – most of which are mixed and occasionally experimental – transform my feelings into immutable physical essences, while at the same time changing the visual perceptions of other people.