Kikki Ghezzi was born in 1967 in Milan, Italy. She travelled extensively as a child and lived in Kenya, where the artist still maintains her family home and studio. Though rooted in drawing and painting her work, nourished by writings, often includes various experimental forms – installations, sculptures, textiles and artist’s books. As sand and rocks are a canvas, a screen or a stage for land art artists, wrapping a whole house with fish net in a laborious work of body against body is for Ghezzi similar to obsessively accumulating marks on a canvas: the common perception, both outside in the open landscape and inside in the intimate studio, is that of a disintegrating space and time. In an artist community I am looking for a place of mutual sharing of ideas and experiences.
Ghezzi’s continuing dialogue with Nature finds its first concrete expression in 2014 with Radici/Roots, followed by Sich einwurzeln/Radicarsi/Grounding, exhibited in the border city of Glurns, Italy. Relying upon memory as inspiration, Ghezzi then shares spiritual and metaphysical realities in La 24 Ore: Court of Memory, exhibited in 2015 at I.F.A. NYU in New York City and more recently at the Italian Embassy in Washington D.C. The artist’s narrative construct gave rise to the creation of various artist’s books: Luce, a book reflecting on the 12 divine Rays of Light, was exhibited at Centro San Fedele in Milan in 2017. Ghezzi’s communion with Nature continues with Chi (“house” in the Cornish language), a Land Art installation in Cornwall, UK – a place recognized as a locus of the origin of art, life and enlightenment. The selection for Il Premio Citta’ di Treviglio in 2018 preceded Il Ciliegio Magico, presented in 2019 at Villa Firenze, the residence of the Italian Ambassador to the U.S. in Washington D.C.; here Ghezzi explores the theme of Nature and place in an ideal dialogue between two cherry trees, whose roots symbolically touch despite being thousands of miles apart.
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