VISIONS IN THREAD
Livia Sciorilli Borrelli
July 14th – August 25th, 2023
Vernissage: Thursday, July 13th, 6-9 pm
In the realm of contemporary art, the fusion of traditional crafts and modern expression often gives birth to captivating creations, while bringing back to the fore ancient art forms. Italian artist Livia Sciorilli Borrelli selected textile art as her form of expression, and precisely the technique of crocheting as her creative tool, combining meticulous craftsmanship with boundless inventiveness. Her big tapestry, as much as her small pieces, have a taste of minimalism and post-painterly abstraction, where essential elements and colours emphasize simplicity, purity, and objectivity. But instead of aiming for objectivity, Sciorilli Borrelli’s works want to take the viewer on an intimate journey. At the heart of her creations lies exactly this profound exploration of personal memory and subconsciousness, and their transformation into a collective narrative, as shown by her choice to use threads created out of recycled blankets and clothes – that at some point played some significant roles in her life – and by being the fruits of many hours of work – where the repetition of the movement inevitably triggers transcendent journeys in the inner self.
She weaves together the threads of her own experiences, emotions, and memories, inviting the viewers to embark on a journey of shared understanding and connection. As notorious artist Maria Lai used to say: “In the world of weaving, sewing, and stitching, the thread acts as a metaphorical bridge, and it represents the connecting element that weaves together memories and fantastic worlds.”
Livia Sciorilli Borrelli’s tactile works become vessels of storytelling, where sensations, colors, and shapes guide the narrative, inviting viewers to interpret and engage with the artwork on a profound level.
, in a world obsessed with perfection, “it is essential to recognize the inherent value of imperfection”, says the artist. Imperfection, far from being a flaw, is vital for personal growth and societal progress. It allows us to learn from our mistakes, cultivate resilience, and nurture innovation. It liberates us from the burden of unrealistic expectations, encouraging self-acceptance and fostering a culture of empathy and understanding.
Fascinated by the oriental practice of Kintsugi – a Japanese art form, exemplifying the transformative power of embracing imperfection by repairing broken ceramics with gold lacquer – Livia Sciorilli Borrelli celebrates the beauty arising from wounds and flaws. Kintsugi symbolizes resilience, acceptance, and the belief that one can achieve greater forms of consciousness by putting the pieces back together, both physically and psychologically. Just as memories shape our lives, imperfections shape our experiences, making them fascinating and liberating.
Livia Sciorilli Borrelli’s work delves into the significance of memory, the power of imperfection, and the importance of sustainable practices, all while exploring the artistic realms of weaving, stitching, and image composing.