The four altars made by the artist Valentina De Florio are made of clay, small polyptychs that are easy to transport even when travelling.
They are composed of two side doors linked with hinges to a central body, a structure of strong reference to the altarpieces where the representations are living descriptions of archetypal places of memory.
The images depicted are animated by the symbolic presence of plant and animal elements as protectors of the place in which each individual plateau is placed in an environment that conforms to the original place, which becomes the bearer of good fortune and blessing.
The compositions live on the memory of the artist, the sublimation of the visual iconological repertoires of tradition through a process of regeneration that gives a new meaning where myth and experience intertwine.
PORTABLE ALTAR | OFFICINA/MINIERA
The matron protecting the puppies, zebra drinking water from the quarry; families at rest, snails rolling (in the doors), clay painted engobe. 14 x 21 cm, 2020.
“The Bauxite Quarry (Otranto) is my most archaic memory of a place associated with the function of the workshop environment, a large industrial and artisan factory. In the area of Otranto the bauxite production activity was active from 1940 to 1976, creating an open pit yard of bauxite a sedimentary rock, essentially made of hydrated aluminum oxides, yellow or brick red, used as raw material for the extraction of aluminum. For me, the archetypal environment of the workshop site, and as such, the altarolo depicting the Quarry, includes in itself an act of regeneration.”
PORTABLE ALTAR | ISABELLA MORRA
Family guides the puppet outside the walls of Castel del Monte; Rooster of France driving twenty-five goldfish towards the family, cutting the genitals of the goat. Isabella in the pupal cocoon around twenty-five red flowers (in the doors), terracotta painted engobe, 14 x 21 cm,2020.
“The trip to Castel Del Monte (Andria) was a must, in the life of an elementary school child. I remember the scent of the expanses of grass around the walls. A place that witnessed a timeless dimension. If you want to visit the Middle Ages go to Castel del Monte, if you want to visit northern Europe go to Castel del Monte, if you want to know other fortresses start from Castel del Monte. “
PORTABLE ALTAR | VINEYARD
Deer and tiger in the vineyard; doves and family between tobacco and rose garden (in the doors), terracotta painted engobe, 14 x 21 cm, 2020.
“My grandfather in his country house had a corner dedicated to harvesting grapes. Every summer, until my tenth birthday, I would control the growth of the bunches and taste the grapes until September. I understood that the grapes were good when they started to change color, I would talk to the plants and thank them, I thought it would help them to grow and do good things”.
PORTABLE ALTAR | COTTAGE PORTABLE ALTAR
Donkey on wooden chair with family and bees around the cottage; rabbit during sowing, family pulling carts with animals.terracotta painted engobbio,14 x 21 cm, 2020.
“In summer I always make a road to the sea and I see an abandoned cottage. It is said that a homeless man lived inside. I imagined that there was someone there to help him and actually at night this place came alive with some of the protector animals of the place and the wanderer”.
Valentina De Florio was born in Taranto in 1995; after attending the Academy of Fine Arts in the city of Lecce, she moved in 2017 to Florence where she obtained a second level diploma in Visual Arts and New Expressive Languages (sculpture). The initial study takes place by means of the time dedicated to the events of everyday life. The intent is to create an intense link between slowness and memory, a network of contact between the things of yesterday and those of today that allows you to take part in every action with consciousness. Through the reading of the objects investigated in the collective memory, to return a new network of rituals. To make the most of our time, to find oneself in all things, to leave a mark within commonplaces.