15 October 2017 – 18 February 2018
Emma Hart, winner of the sixth edition of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women, presents her new large artwork Mamma Mia! at Collezione Maramotti, where it will enter its permanent collection, after being shown at Whitechapel Gallery, London (12 July – 3 September 2017). The artist’s installation at the Collection shows some interesting variations compared to the London’s exhibition, based on the specific features of the site.
The installation consists of a family of large ceramic heads, suggesting a dialogue with one other. Each sculpture is jug-like in shape: the spout mimics a nose and the opening a mouth. Produced by the artist in Faenza alongside ceramic artisans, each sculpture is glazed incorporating motifs, such as the speech bubble. The interior space of the heads is filled with vivid patterns, designed and hand-painted by Hart after researching the designs and practice of the Italian tradition of maiolica.
The exhibition is the result of a six month bespoke residency which started in June 2016 and was divided between three Italian cities: Milan, Todi and Faenza, with a Roman stop-over.
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication, with several guest contributions.
Mamma Mia! will be also on show at Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh in fall 2018.
Emma Hart makes work that captures the confusion, stress and nausea of everyday experience. Always in pursuit of real life, real feelings, Hart uses ceramics to create claustrophobic installations that engage the viewer physically and emotionally, or in the form of smaller works which come for the viewer. There are frequent verbal and visual spillages, and Hart’s use of clay is often corporeal, forming approximate body parts that act as substitutes for human action and employment.
Admission free visit during the opening hours of the permanent collection.