House of the soul

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Year: 1992
Materials: industrial felt, wood
Technique: personal
Size: 100 x 200 x diam. 200 cm

House of the soul

The tent is one of the most interesting and fascinating living structure which have ever been realized in every place and age by traditional architecture.

Even though the different conditions of climate and environment induced the nomads to build various types of tents, they became the symbol and place of the transmission of the spiritual and cultural patrimony of the men who lived in them.

The Greek term (skènos), referring to the tent, contains also the deeper and more ancient meaning of “house of the soul”.

The re-elaboration and the re-interpretation of this primitive human living place, inspired to the “yurta”– tent of the nomadic populations of   Mongolic and   Turkish culture,spread in the vast Asian territory between the Caspian sea and Siberia - its structure and particulary in its covering material, suggested me to reflect upon the meanings connected to the theme of   “inhabiting”, living in a dimension of close communion with others and of being in a protected place in which it can be possible to establish friendly and reassuring relationships.

Its a circular shape, recalling the concepts of “perfection” and of   “universality”, its covering by felt stripes - a material foregoing the invention of fabrics obtained by interlacing layers of fibers- decorated by the nomadic women whith the symbols of the family's or the clan's traditional emblems, these stripes become the expression of the demand, more and more felt nowadays, of a dimension of authentic life, in which the safeguard of the man's needs is not maintained to the detriment of nature's balances, but in a constant and mutual harmony.

in mostra a Roma

Photo: Wanda Casaril



The felt stripes are fixed over a supporting wooden frame, formed by a structure with the form of an hemisphere, hold up by thin and elastic wooden ribs which set out radially, joining all together in a plate at the top of the cupola. On these stripes we can find a thick “laced” decoration whit symbols, drawings and emblems taken from the engraving and writing tradition of several prehistoric and ancient cultures.

The symbols of the Genesis appear disorderly on the lower stripe, but they begin to assume a more regular and precise movement on the upper sections, with an effect more and more close to that of the lace.

On the top of the cupola, near the central crown - traditionally being the point through which both the solar and divine light penetrates – the divene symbols of the heaven's vault (the gothic eagle, oracle's symbols , the moon ,etc) spread themselves like a veritable lace.

To complete the drawing of the central circular area and in the side stripes, the symbols of nature ant the man express both the desire and wish to re-compose all the contrasts and the differences in a dialetic and harmonious universe.