The Threads of Maria Lai Meets the Verses of Grazia Deledda

The Threads of Maria Lai Meets the Verses of Grazia Deledda
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The verses of the Italian writer Grazia Deledda and the drawings of Maria Lai woven by the skilled hands of Sardinian seamstresses. The first choral work of Textile Art ever created in Sardinia comes to the Mudec, where eleven pillars in reinforced concrete bear the female figures born of the sensitivity of Grazia Deledda, and a cubical portal surmounted by a stunning astral landscape, bring life to a unique project, capable of showcasing the contemporary textile works of Sardinia in an experience of total art, tradition and literature. Conceived by Giuditta Sireus, Andando Via. Omaggio a Grazia Deledda involves 23 towns and as many textile workshops in a collective piece without precedent. The event was born out of a desire to promote the last work by the artist from Ulassai, created in 2011 in Nuoro, not far from the Church of Solitudine, where the remains of her compatriot Grazia Deledda are held. Starting from the original drawings created for the monument with the concession of the rights from the Maria Lai Archive and based on the studies by designer Paulina Herrera Letelier, the seamstresses of Sardinia reproduced, as a textile work, the facades of the eleven pillars that makeup the monument. Each tapestry is a one-of-a-kind piece hand-woven and created with the style, techniques and materials of the area in which it was made. Immobile at the moment, the work will becoming a travelling work of art and, through its transposition into fabric carried out by the seamstresses involved in the project, and it will be able to travel the world, offering the creation of Maria Lai to a far vaster public. The tapestries will also become scenery for the play of the same name, where figurative art unites with the dramatic texts dedicated to the protagonists of the novels of Deledda, along with original music and dance. Because, as the artist herself proclaimed, “From one work of art, another may be born.”

Samantha De Martin - © 2020 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano