Davide Dicorato

Year: 2016
Medium: Foam hanger covers, tortoise carapace
Dimensions: 35 x 30 x 45 cm · 13.8 x 11.8 x 17.7 in

In this sculpture, the artist has combined and repurposed readymade objects and found materials to confuse the boundaries between the categories we use to order reality with. The associative meanings of both materials induce the viewer into poetic reverie: a worn tortoise shell, reminiscent of the natural realm, becomes a planter from which a bouquet of synthetic foam shapes emerge and cascade like languishing leaves. Notions of decay and perpetuity, mortality and transcendence arise, yet the contradictory nature of both materials stirs our imagination with many other dialectical clashes: reality versus artifice, the exotic and the mundane, the museum or archival artefact and the mass-produced commodity.

An implicit pun may also be read from both objects’ common function, which is to conceal and protect. For the tortoise, it is a matter of survival and self-perpetuation; for the hanger, petty bourgeois domestic upkeep.

Both materials become further correlated in the geometrical precision of their anatomy: the ancient, slow-forming rectilinear shaping of the tortoise-shell, and the factory die-cut contours of the hanger covers seem to point toward an underlying, unifying order, rendering nature and culture as only distinct in our established logics of representation.