Ara, 1998

Slate, wood and/or aluminium, paint, fruit.

Length 200, 250 cm.


Works that happened after a trip to Brazil. They convey the memory of that country where the colors of nature mingle with those of the carnival, in a festival of lights in motion. The stones are colored to match the fruit.

The “tails” are made with frame sections and spray painted to trigger a plumage effect.













These strange forms are like birds whose figure draws part of the landscape behind it: the seed on which they feed, the leaf they move, the branch on which they perch, the great mountain of jungle that contains them. Wild figures like the ornaments of the Indios, bizarre and artificial, like the entire ritual and carnival repertoire, hybrids like the vegetation, the fauna, the people.

A salute to Brazil: this weighty, intricate country seems to be sustained by a certain levity. I have tried to capture this lightness, or perhaps it was the lightness that got mixed up with my work with the colors and the tropical fruits, as I was thinking of the sardonic little lions of Aleijadinho at Ouro Preto, the octagons of Nossa Senhora da Gloria, or that vivacious chain of houses of the Centro. These are all isolated images. The unity of memory runs the risk of escaping, but it makes room for fragments of intensity.


(Arianna Giorgi, 1998).


The ARA works are composed of a spray painted stone “head” and a “tail” of wooden or aluminium slats (it could also be another material), also spray painted with a technique that makes them resemble plumage in motion, and a piece of real, possibly tropical fruit (ex. a mango, a papaya, bananas, etc.), but also an orange, a grapefruit, an occasion item of fruit and vegetables, as long as it matches the color of the stone, conveying the idea that the fruit itself takes color and light from the stone.

Some of the ARA also have a small carved wooden bird, made by a Brazilian artisan. The length varies from about 2 to 2.5 meters. The approximate height of the stones is 12-15 cm.