THE FACES IN THE EARTH

MICOL GRAZIOLI
I VOLTI NELLA TERRA – 2013

At first this seems to be a furrow, or perhapsa burrow dugby an animal.As we come nearer it looks more like a passage, a void ready to receive us. Examining the work more closely wediscover thenegativeimpressionof that mostreceptiveof all parts of our body: a mask sunk intothe ground,examining it, listening to it and breathing its scent from within.To make thecast of these faces,MicolGraziolisinks her own face into in the earth,holding her breath, searching out communicationwith nature.In seekingthis contact, shebendsdown to the ground ina bowthat is a form of respect, the same thing happening everytime visitorsto the pine grove approachto the facesto observe themmore closely.The natural environmentenshriningthe installation isdefined bymoss, grown by spreadingsporeson the ground andon the tree trunks.