You wouldn’t expect that the human sculpture created by Matteo Lucca is made out of bread.
Using the unusual contours of these bakes—and experimenting with burns and malformed sections—the works take on an unsettling quality.
“The statues are created from the artist’s own handcrafted molds and cooked in an oven that he built specifically for this project,” says a Magazzeno Art Gallery statement. “This hands-on approach yields pieces that are complete in terms of their construction, and totally authentic.
It is a project in which each particular (figure) was researched and therefore emanates all the force and fragility of the human body … Bread becomes the recognizable and familiar element, the only reassuring element in a situation that can be perceived as alienating and unsettling.””
Matteo Lucca studied at the Istituto Statale d’Arte in Forlì and then graduated in sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. In 2004 he placed a bronze sculpture in the park of the Bondeno Hospital, and in 2007 he created the sculptural complex dedicated to the blood donors of AVIS, located at the Pierantoni Hospital of Forlì.
Often composed of various materials, his works appear as modern versions of plaster casts of corpses found after the excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The figures are rarely intact but rather broken, fragmented and wrapped in layers of film that suggests an unstoppable flow of time or pious attempts to care and conservation.
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