Foglia (Leaf), 2011
“The imprint of the skin, the lines of the hand, nails and veins draw, literally and metaphorically, a network that links us to the leaves and trees, water and stones, animals.” – Giuseppe Penone
Giuseppe Penone, member of the Arte Povera group, throughout his career explored the connections between natural and cultural forms. In the early 1970s the artist used his body as his principal subject, projecting images drawn from the surface of his skin on to plaster casts of his face or on to wall surfaces. The connection between man and nature is also transferred into the collaboration project with Elisabetta Cipriani resulting in Foglia (Leaf), a necklace of a twig and a pure gold leaf with an imprint of Penone’s palm.