MARZIA COLONNA MRBS
Recent collages, drawings and sculpture
Saturday 14 September to Sunday 10 November 2019
We are delighted to announce a new exhibition for the acclaimed collage artist and sculptor Marzia Colonna. Including over 40 recent collages of all different sizes, with bronze sculpture, framed drawings and giclée prints, this is an exhibition to appeal to everyone. Please call the gallery on 01308 459511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like an invitation and notification when the new work becomes available to view and buy or reserve online.
Marzia Colonna’s great talent is to take us directly into her subject matter. Whether she is working in collage or in sculpture, she is able to convey the physical sensations of being in a particular place, time and situation. ‘I try to become a part of my subjects, animate and inanimate, to get to the essence of what they are,’ she says. Achieving that, she takes us along with her.
Described by Adrian Hamilton (The Independent)as ‘some of her most exciting and pleasurable works,’ Marzia Colonna’s collages capture the exceptional landscape of West Dorset with the eye of someone who knows and understands it, in different weather and times of year, with a wonderful sense of space and light. Her still lives and flowers are beautifully observed and often from her studio and garden. Her disciplined approach to collage underpins the work with a strong abstract quality of mark and pattern. Her collages are made entirely from paper painted by her beforehand. ‘When I work with collage I feel I am sculpting with paper and painting at the same time. It is fast and furious work; holding on to and trying to replicate the memory of the landscape that I have experienced, not just visually in its form and colour, but also in the impact created in my mind by the wind, sun, rain, smells and sounds.’
Colonna’s sculpture is at the heart of her work as an artist. Roger Berthoud writes, ‘Her sculpture is based on the human form, which she uses to express what we all share as human beings. It fascinates her that wherever we come from, whatever our race or religion, we feel the same basic needs and desires. She sees the body as the vessel of human emotion, touching in its combination of fragility and strength. Many of her bronzes, and indeed of her paper sculptures, reveal the tenderness with which she views her fellow human beings.’ (Colour and Form, Sculpture and Collage Marzia Colonna 2002)
Above: Young Venus, bronze and Chrysalis, bronze
The sculptural works in this exhibition are concerned with the metamorphic female form. Relating the young girl’s development to nature, a butterfly emerging as a young girl in Chrysalis, the nymph rising from the sea in Young Venus. Similarly tender but with a more solid base, is the strong punctured form of Mother Earth. Colonna works intuitively, reaching for the sensations she wants to communicate with a lifetime of craft, technique and experience to call upon.
Marzia Colonna was born in Pisa in 1951. She entered art school aged 12 and continued to study at the Academia di Belle Arti in Florence. In 1970 she moved to England with her husband Robert Montagu. Her first solo exhibition in London was in 1979. Since then she has exhibited regularly. Her work is in many private and corporate collections in Europe, the United States and Australasia. Since 1985 she has lived and worked in West Dorset. A major sculpture was purchased in 2001 by the Jerwood foundation and in 2002 by Newby Hall sculpture collection. Public commissions include a crucifix for Salisbury Cathedral (2002), ‘St Adhelm’ for Sherborne Abbey (2004), ‘Mermaid’ for the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (2007), ‘Kite Flyer’ for Winchester (2009) and ‘Earth and Sea’, a life-sized piece in Krakow. She is represented in London by the Portland Gallery. This is is her fourth major exhibition at Sladers Yard.
Marzia Colonna’s new works can be viewed below. They will be available to reserve or buy from 11am Wednesday 28 August. If you are viewing them on a mobile phone, do not turn on Reader View which seems to make the captions impossible to access. Click on any image to enter the carousel and the captions with measurements details and price and below. Any problems, do contact the gallery and we will help! Any enquiries please phone us on 01308 459511 or email us on email@example.com
Giclée prints of Marzia’s collages are available now. They are beautifully scanned, signed, numbered and printed in small editions.