1fl Black Shell, Federica Luzzi, cotton, wool, 60” x 49” x 9”, 2009, $32,400
4fl Macramé Black Shell n.1, Federica Luzzi , cotton cord, wax, graphite, 13" x 12" x 6.5", 2008, $9,700
6fl Macramé Black Shell n.8, Federica Luzzi, cotton cord, wax, graphite, 11.5” x 10.5” x 11”, 2015, $10,800
2fl Red Shell n.1, Federica Luzzi, sisal, hemp, 60” x 22” x 11”, 2006, $21,600
Selected collections and exhibition venues: Tapestry Museum, Tournai, Belgium (solo exhibition and International Triennial of Tapestry); National Museum of Arts and Popular Traditions, Rome, Italy (Off the Loom, Fiber Art); Kurogawa Inn Museum, Asakura-shi Fukuoka, Japan; Showcase of BREECE for Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy (solo exhibition); Crispolti Contemporary Art Archive, Rome, Italy (solo exhibition); Gallery AOC F58 (Seed/Seme, solo exhibition); Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Riga, Latvia; Cultural Centre Art Gallery, Ronneby, Sweden; Alvar Aalto Museum of Central Finland, Jyväskylä (Artapestry3, traveling exhibition, catalog); Musée Jean Lurçat and Contemporary Tapestry, Angers, France (Allers-Retours-comparison Federica Luzzi/Jagoda Buic); Central Museum of Tapestry, Lodz, Poland (International Triennial of Tapestry); Museum of Contemporary Sculpture, Gubbio, Italy (permanent collection); National Institute of Nuclear Physics, Frascati, Italy (European Night of Scientific Research); Bibliothe’ Contemporary Art Gallery, Rome, Italy (Between heaven and earth: Federica Luzzi and Naoya Takahara); Museum of the Mountain, Castel di Sangro, Italy (permanent collection); Library Casanatense, Rome, Italy (permanent collection); Janina Monkute Marks Museum, Kedainiai, Lithuania; MuMi Museum, Palazzo San Domenico, Francavilla al Mare, Italy (59th, 61st Michetti Contemporary Art Prize); Civic Gallery of Contemporary Art, Termoli, Italy (50th Termoli Contemporary Art Prize); Textile Museum, Krefeld, Germany; Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels, Belgium; Savaria Art Gallery, Szombathely, Hungary (13th International Biennial of Minitextile); Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest, Hungary. Education: Specialist Doctor of Letters (cum laude); historic and artistic address, University of Rome, La Sapienza; thesis, Artistic Activity of Magdalena Abakanowicz and the Tapestry. Recipient: City of Montrouge Award, Acquisition by the City of Montrouge, France; Visual Arts Award, Teofilo Patini, Castel di Sangro, Italy.
7fl Earth White Shell n.2, Federica Luzzi, linen cord, 4" x 5” x 6”, 2015, $6,400
My artistic research deals with nature, in particular leaves, barks, but above all seeds of plants, pods that give me great fascination and the reason I entitle my works Shell, the English equivalent for the Italian “conchiglia”, conch. The term “shell” is based on the linguistic valence of covering, when shapes shut themselves up: carapace, cuirass, frame, carcass, skeleton, projectile, appearance, scale. I am interested in their small and sinuous shapes, which assure their mobility from trees, and in their vital capacity of shutting themselves until the moment they mysteriously wake up, the seeds like “sleeper beauties." The vertical loom and the tapestry art are tools allowing me to work the vegetal fibers from their frame to three-dimensionality. I present my art works in a dimensional installation as if they were fragments of a galaxy: macrocosm and microcosm together; disseminations, sowing of fragile bodies aggregated magnetically and arranged in constellations or in an unknown writing.