Thinking about an air purifier was the request of the Fabriano company that wanted to develop the product's concept starting from a new perspective. Sissi's response was the introduction of a training program that involved the entire company and that also became "artistic." Working on the rebirth of thinking and producing — assembling different materials manufactured or produced by the artist herself by hand weaving more or less wide wicker strips and adding more or less colored fabrics and mesh — is a fundamental part of her artistic practice.
The centrality of the artist's body, present in the very process of the transformation of the materials, becomes an integral part of the process. "The body," Sissi explains, "is a workplace, a piece of paper on which to write, a means of expression."
Performance, moreover, has always been Sissi's most congenial expression. Her deep passion for the body's functioning emerged as early as in 1999, when she was still at the Academy of Bologna, with the production of Anatomia parallela [parallel anatomy], a limited edition artist book that analyzed the body's workings through emotions.
The body, which is "a tool, a communication method" for the artist, was identified in this project for Elica with the industry itself. The industry (Elica) hosted the artist who was able to familiarize herself with the environment until she made it coincide with her body and fill it with content (germination, identity).
A 3mx3mx3m white cube used for visualizing the presence of the artist in the industry's body, Cubatrice had the function of accommodating personal interpretations, subjective emotions and references which gradually took on exterior form and texture. Taking a taxonomic approach, an archive of drawings, images, functions, various identities that inhabited the artist's body was created inside the Cubatrice space.
The ability to change the DNA of things and to create new forms and materials could be a starting point for creating an unconventional and innovative product
Aspiranti Aspiratori, curated by Marcello Smarrelli
Via Pontaccio 10, Milan
18 April to 19 May, 2012
Opening: 17 April 2012, 18:00