There is need for the sculptor’s patience, the type you would not find in a painter, the calm and method to conceive a sculpture from a knot of metal’s strings.
In the silence of the little deconsecrated church a man meditates in a lotus yoga position, which is the most apt to the introspection because it calms down the mind keeping it awake at the same time. His soul – Mahatma – stays in the cage within the borders given by the artist and in this way it is modeled, lifted up in the space.
Antonio Ambrosino works in this occasion by contrasts: the lightness of its being towards the mass of the baroque statues, substance and appearance; past suggestions offered by the place meet the contemporary present in which he operates; the occidental tradition finally is linked to the oriental culture.
You could imagine a reflection about time, meditation and plea which flows slowly in the Church, in no different way than when it was stepped on by the Penitents’ society, and the frantic one from the city life which waits for us as soon as we cross the door, which is made by steps articulated by the rhythm of shopping.
The slow time – often by night – spent on projecting and the sudden one of observing eyes.
Sculpture is a testament of each of those steps, symbol of those who are and who were, and the future remains a mystery.
If the hand bends the substance, the light shapes the space: this this swing between present and the past, the light is leaving its own mark. Thanks to Wood’s lamp, there is a fluorescent effect which is able to make sculpture, and its surroundings, stand out.
From the union of those different aspects, there is a special and unique atmosphere which is capable of wrapping the spectator.