Interview: Una Marzorati
Luca Curci talks with Una Marzorati (unamarz) during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2021, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello, during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 – 8TH EDITION and CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 – 9TH EDITION, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space, and during VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2021 – 14TH EDITION, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space and at Misericordia Archives.
I was born in Italy and my mum taught me origami when I was 5 years old; it was always in my life, it kept me mindful. After my studies in Sardinia, I moved to France for 7 years, and I now live in England. I have two young sons. I worked as an animator in children’s TV series and as a video editor in the video games industry. In 2017 I started studying and practicing PSYCH-K® and in 2018 meditation, following Dr. Joe Dispenza’s work. Around the same time, I started to work with origami on canvas and my work evolved through time on a bigger scale and exploring geometric patterns. My artistic work is inspired by my observation of the world around me, I am particularly inspired by nature, and the world inside of me: dreams and visions during meditation. In 2020 I produced many artworks during the lockdown and exhibited them virtually on my Instagram account using the home gallery hashtag (#homegallery).
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Una Marzorati – Art for me is showing beauty. My intention is also to bring healing to the people who see my art.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
UM – During my stay in Venice for “The Body Language”, I had the idea of using a music sheet for new artworks. I started by doing artwork using the music sheet of the Fantasy in D minor by Mozart. And I worked while listening to that piece of music. A fun experiment that brings me back to primary school, wherein in class we would listen to classical music and draw what would come to our minds. Inspired by music.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
UM – Yes, I want to show beauty, give messages of love and unity. Show patterns and shapes we can see all around us in nature if we pay attention, and the shapes of invisible energies.
LC – What is your creative process like?
UM – When my mind is free enough from the thoughts and worries of a normal day, I have ideas that I want to develop. For example, I can have an idea while meditating, in the shower, having a walk, observing my children… It’s normally something simple like the colors of the rainbow, a number, a color, a thing like the heart or a wave. And it goes together with the origami shape and choice of paper. And then it’s a flow, that sometimes goes to an unexpected result.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
UM – My mum taught me to fold origami when I was about 5 years old. It was always in my life. I fidget a lot so it’s a good way to occupy my hands. I would often fold origami out of napkins in restaurants. When my first child was born, I decorated the wall near his cot with origami stars and cubes. These are some of the shapes I use today in my artworks. I’ve always been interested in symmetry, and I started to do artworks about five years ago. First on frames, then on canvases. My style changed because I am doing bigger artworks, more complex, using more and more modules. I started recently to do artworks composed of more than one frame. I also want to explore movement and light.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? How did it inspire you?
UM – ‘The body language’ is a fascinating concept. I thought that my artworks about the heart and the energy centers in the body would fit well in this concept. And visiting the exhibition I loved to see all the different points of view of the artists.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
UM – “Armonia” is about the energy inside our body when it’s in harmony, balanced. The 8 lines of color show the different energy centers in our spine and over our heads when they are in their optimal state. The module I used is a shuriken, a traditional origami shape from Japan, a ninja star. The stars have four points and there are four stars on each line, forming squares in the space between them. Energy center number four is in the heart. So I associate number four with heart and love. “The heart of the rainbow” was born when my son, who was 6 at the time, asked me to fold stars with the colors of the rainbow. I then played with the shapes and a dynamic heart was born out of this experiment. “Heart expansion” was a vision I had during a healing meditation I did with the healing group I am part of. That day I concentrated on the heart and I realized that there is invisible energy around it, and I wanted to show it, to show the expansion I feel when I do the healings. The heart at the center is formed of folded paper tetrahedrons, pyramids with four triangular faces. There is one pyramid in a different color, that represents the people we love, that we carry in our hearts. “Heart expansion 2.0” is a development of “Heart expansion”, that shows the energy going even further away from the heart.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
UM – I think it was amazing, and it was the only open exhibition in a locked-down Venice, so congratulations for being able to go forward in these challenging times.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
UM – Yes, very much. Exchanging emails with Veronica was smooth and uplifting. I enjoyed meeting and talking with Veronica and Nisa at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello, and Giulia at The Room. Veronica and Nisa helped me relax when they filmed my interview. I didn’t have the opportunity to meet Luca, but I am sure we will meet soon.