The installation ‘leaves in the wind’

The installation ‘leaves in the wind’ consists of a white wall and forty-five leaves, all of different shapes and sizes, as well as their different origins. The leaves, placed next to each other, are made of plaster and resin and all white to emphasize the homogeneity in their diversity. The proximity of the leaves is random and temporary. When the wind arrives, the leaves will spread in another location.

The leaf symbolizes the inevitability of change and renewal. The leaves have healing and protective powers. The leaves of this installation are we human beings, all different, close but at the mercy of the wind of life that takes us to places unknown to us.

The white wall is the place where we ideally live and represents our invisible destiny: it takes on thickness and matter through the leaves that seem to emerge. The wall, where we are temporarily hung, implies by the leaves the casual fact of being in one point rather than another.  To be depicted is a mental place to describe the uncertainty of the fate of human beings. “White strikes us as a great silence that seems absolute to us,” wrote Kandinskij. White as abstraction and subtraction. White is the wall and white are the leaves, different in form, like a story of different destinies and silences. The certainty of being in a guarded place for a long time or in a comfortable situation does not exist. We all, in the time that we are given to live, like leaves, travel in the world regardless of our will. We try to control and choose our journey but, forces greater than ourselves, they establish our path.

The artist Micaela Legnaioli wants to make us reflect on the unintentional and accidental fact of being in a certain place because of the unpredictability of life that, like the wind with its leaves, disrupts, moves and mixes, deciding the destiny of each one.

Micaela, born in 1970, was born in New Delhi, India and has lived in many European and South American countries before settling in Rome in the last decade. The installation “Leaves in the Wind” takes on the meaning of a reflection on her existential path that has seen her live in different cities around the world. Over the years, the artist has applied herself to different painting, sculpture and ceramic techniques. His artistic research has always focused on the identity of individuals and couples and on the traces that every human being leaves more or less voluntarily. Her research is intellectual and material, ranging from the physical fingerprint of the Traces, through the symbolic representation of the portraits of the most famous characters in the history of the West engraved on zinc and copper plates, now contemplates with the site-specific installation “Leaves in the Wind” the awareness of random and involuntary data that can mark the life of everyone. Being physically in one place rather than another and having people/leaves beside them rather than others. Micaela, who has modelled, engraved and penetrated the essence of her characters to represent the value of their uniqueness, now turns her gaze to fate and chance to investigate the existential path of each one. From the individual he points his gaze to the whole of a group of human beings to investigate the existential path of each one. It seems to want to tell us: we are different, we are unique, we can not always choose where to be and who to have next but we are not alone. It reaches the core of the meaning of life and has the value of a consolatory embrace to humanity.    

Sabrina Consolini



Double personal entitled “Passages-Passages” by A.T. Anghelopoulos and Micaela Legnaioli curated by Sabrina Consolini in the new spaces of the Lords Luxury, an art meeting soon to be opened in Via del Crocifisso in Rome. The exhibition, which stages two different and refined artistic visions of the two artists, both Roman by adoption, A.T. Anghelopoulos (Teramo 1963) and Micaela Legnaioli (New Delhi 1970), is among the exhibition events of the III Edition of the Rome Art Week 2018, the week of contemporary art that will be held from 22 to 27 October and that will involve the capital with numerous artistic events with free admission.

On display more than twenty works, including paintings and works of materials and both on display three different cycles of works for Anghelopoulos the new Point of View, the Passages and the Inner Life and for Legnaioli the Traces and the new series of works on metal in copper and zinc.

Anghelopoulos and Legnaioli represent two exemplary points of view in the current artistic panorama and, of both, one of the most famous and important Art Historians, Professor Claudio Strinati, was also involved. The exhibition is a moment of encounter of two visions that, in the difference, share the same interest and love for art and the characters of history from both “portrayed” in an innovative way, in the name of an idea of contemporary art, which recovers harmony and beauty with very refined results.

There is a beautiful and tight dialectic, even spatial, between the two artists with the last welcoming blacks and the shaded golds of Anghelopoulos’ Point of View that create openings, unexpected thresholds of “cuts” towards new horizons and beyond the two-dimensional space of the canvas. “His perception sometimes reminds us of Klee, sometimes Rothko”, Strinati wrote about him; while the Traces of Legnaioli’s works are “paths of three-dimensional labyrinthine fingerprints in relief”, as Strinati defined them, similar to the “Cretto di Burri a Gibellina”.

The last two series of Micaela’s works on metal, very refined and precious, are all made on large sheets of zinc for women and copper those of men both, engraved, carved and oxidized with acids and salts. Material works that, in the concretions and in the different colors, want to represent the character and life experiences of the characters represented. His works invade the space of the viewer on the contrary. The two artists seem to remember the different but complementary visions of space that, in Baroque architecture, animated Bernini and Borromini.

Anghelopoulos finds the natural space narrow and seeks a spatial expansion, while Legnaioli contracts it with the space of the observer and adores the masses whose profiles she sharpens and exposes them to grazing light.

For the expressive elegance and complexity of the contents, which look at each other, there is for the viewer a moment of pleasant observation of the works and meditation on the results, different and personal, of two remarkable artists.

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At the Vallicelliana Library, in the Borromini hall, 250 artists are invited to testify to their interpretation of FRAGILE DIMENSION with small format papers. The works on display will then be donated to the Vallicelliana Library for the creation of a collection that will be renewed and increased in subsequent annual appointments in the library.

Concept: Paola Paesano and Jasmine Pignatelli

In collaboration with HIDALGO and I MARTEDì CRITICI

Trace of Woman

A feminine collective, characterized by the link between works of different artistic form through the traces. Geometries enclosed in the works transposed from the past to the present