Mario Vespasiani Ripatransone
Artistic objects, inspired by a contemporary muse. Unique items narrating the daily life of the artist and his muse, Mara
Mario Vespasiani has exhibited all over Italy, has about forty publications to his name and took part in the Venice Biennale in 2011. Mara is his Muse; and has always posed for and inspired paintings, drawings and photos. The Mara as Muse project was launched officially in 2013, with the presentation of an exhibition, a video, a book and a short film, starting from the idea of narrating their daily relationship and bringing visions and unexpected objects to life. If the Muse concept seems somewhat distorted by contemporaneity nowadays - recalling actresses and models on loan between contracts - Mara as Muse starts from an idea of "works" - not products - inspired by just one girl, becoming objects of art. Mara represents herself, her name, Mario frees his imagination exploring various areas, both materially and symbolically, alternating the geometrical reference to the abstract content. Against those impulsive or superficial purchases encouraged by the network, Mario and Mara have chosen to personally present and share their experiences with their audience, which meets two people - an artist and a muse - real and "exceptional", therefore the works, in a "physical path of knowledge". The works are unique items, bags in eco-friendly leather, silk scarves (to hang and wear) and surf boards (to be exhibited not used in water).
LA SEDIA PER VISITE BREVI
Q&A with Mario Vespasiani and Mara
Your town. And three words to describe it.
Ripatransone in the Marche. Artistic, magnetic and panoramic.
Three words to describe your projects.
Audacious, unexpected and daily.
Mario: As an artist I can’t make differences.
Mara: Light blue like Mario’s wedding suit.
Blueberry, sharp but healthy.
Antique, modern or contemporary?
Antique is our identities, modern in education, contemporary for stimuli.
The most precious item you own?
The last work created.
Where is design going?
In many directions.
Where are you going?
We’re busy opening new directions.
Three words to describe Italy.
Beautiful, fragile and complex.
If not in Italy, where?
We were born in Italy, it’s where our origins are from and what makes us stand out. Seeing that anywhere else could not be lived and analysed with the same intensity, it’s best not to exclude any; open to discovery to then add everything that is ours.
Mara: What we see is what we are.
Mario: A chivalrous one invented while at Art School:
My spirit to God
My life to my passion
My heart to my dame
My style to myself.