night and light and the half light
Saturday 4 November to Sunday 21 January 2018
Marzia Colonna returns to Sladers Yard in a very special exhibition with her daughter the ceramic sculptor Fiamma Colonna Montagu in the ground floor gallery as part of the exhibition night and light and the half light. Please let us know if you would like a notification when Marzia’s new work is available to view online.
Marzia lives and works in West Dorset. She draws inspiration for her collages from her surroundings in the coastal landscape here and in her native Italy, the flowers from her garden and the interior of her studio. Her sculpture evokes human situations and emotions. In this exhibition we will be showing Marzia’s collages only.
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 provoke a response. We feel the physical sensations of being in that place or situation. ‘I try to become a part of my subjects, animate and inanimate, and get to the essence of what they are,’ she says.
Marzia Colonna’s sculptures have been commissioned for public spaces including ‘St Aldhelm’ in Sherborne Abbey, ‘The Mermaid’ at the National Sailing Club, Portland, the ‘Christ’ in Salisbury Cathedral and the ‘Kite Flyer’ in Winchester. Collected widely in the UK and abroad, Colonna’s unique voice speaks to us through her sculpture and her collages.
Described by Adrian Hamilton (The Independent) as ‘some of her most exciting and pleasurable works,’ the collages she creates draw us in, inviting us to feel what moves her, whether in a landscape or an interior, we become part of a moment in time. 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 beforehand. “When I work with collage I feel I am sculpting with paper and painting at the same time. After looking for a long time at my subject matter. 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”.
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 with her husband Robert Montagu to England. Her first solo exhibition in London was in 1979. Since then she has exhibited regularly. Her work is in many 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.
Marzia’s new collages will be posted online shortly. Please call 01308 459511, email firstname.lastname@example.org or respond to this page if you would like to enquire about Marzia Colonna’s work.
Giclée prints of the following five of Marzia’s collages are available now. They are beautifully scanned, signed, numbered and printed in small editions.
Marzia Colonna recent collages and sculpture was at Sladers Yard Saturday 19 September until Sunday 1 November 2015
The collages are shown in the first batch below and the sculpture and watercolours in separate batches after that. Please click on an image to see it enlarged with its caption.
The sculpture in this show focuses on Marzia Colonna’s Lovers series.
In this show we have five of Marzia Colonna’s watercolours of flowers from her garden.