The provocative beauty of Marco Mazzoni's colored pencil drawings blend mysterious femininity with flora and fauna to create haunting personalities that captures the imagination and draws you in. In his upcoming show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Mazzoni continues his mastery of the medium and chiaroscuro style while exploring the political history of his home country. In anticipation for the opening of 'AnimanerA', I had a chance to chat with the technically brilliant artist. Here Mazzoni talks about the inspiration behind his upcoming show, his fascination with Italian folklore, and his best mistake. Your upcoming show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery entitled 'AnimanerA' is your first major exhibit in New York. Tell us about the inspiration behind this new collection of work.
The Italian society… it's a show quiet different to my other shows, because i try, with the moleskin drawings, to speak about the power of the politicians in Italy, for example the work "Famine" seeks to represent the bees that are pile up on the only available flower..the flower has control ... a fragile control, but it has.
The essence of your work incorporates flora and fauna wrapped in Italian folklore. Which myth do you have a personal connection to and why?
I studied for many years the mystical figure of the woman in the Sardinian society. These women covered the role of doctor, psychologist and teacher in smalls towns. But the male and the church erased knowledge of these women to dominate the territory (the result of the struggle of man against matriarchal is still present here).
In previous interviews, you've stated that your best work comes from mistakes. Tell us about some of your best mistakes. What about them specifically helped your talent grow?
One day, during the years of the academy, in an attempt to make a portrait, I slid the pencil on the paper and created a stain on the cheek, to try to cover it I started putting natural elements (leaves). A few years later, I picked up that design I figured I could get something ...
If you could hang one piece of art from history in your home or studio, what would it be and why?
I think the "Saint Jerome in Meditation" of Ribera in Pinacoteca di Brera, for the precision with which he painted the dirt between the nails of the saint
Tell us something about yourself we wouldn't necessarily know.
I fear the judgment of others
If I were to spend the day with Marco, what could I expect?
Half of the day at the park with the dog
Thanks Marco! 'AnimanerA' opens Saturday, May 18th at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York.