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Stefano Marocchi could be easiliy considered an artist of matter painting whose preferred artistic expression comes through the use of mixed media on paper.
Dadaist thought and so-called Arte Povera played an important part in the artistic training of Stefano Marocchi. These influences were accompanied by studies and practical experience using a wide variety of figurative and sculptural techniques, and working with a multitude of materials, in a sort of alchemic opus focused on constructing the piece.
Stefano Marocchi starts with the material in its natural state to create new visual and perceptual experiences through the use of fused plastic, soil mixed with cement powder, iron filings, natural oxides, clay and water mixed with glue.
Although working with earth characterised his work in the nineties, his approach towards materials gradually changed and evolved up to the present day, where we now see him using salvaged materials and creating genuine art installations in abandoned houses.
The current phase of Stefano Marocchi’s artistic journey includes the use of burnt wood, torn paper, gauze, blood, semen and organic materials with a deeply symbolic value that aim to highlight the relentless passing of time, which changes, transforms and evolves everything, including and above all human thought. Thought that is realised in the formation of ideas and concepts through words. In his recent pieces, the use of words is a vehicle for the painting itself, in yet another attempt to reduce the creative process to its essence: “Words are painting and through dreams I await the action that rouses my soul.”
Stefano Marocchi's mixed media on paper series Illusions is based on the idea of recreating, through the illusion of a concrete and tactile book, the urgency to possess a personal notebook open to the innumerable occasions life presents, but which, at the same time, contains one's own life experiences, like a metaphysical diary of sorts. Understood in this way, the book represents us, our lives, the combination of our experiences and possibilities.