There is a moment of breathlessness that takes place when one encounters the sense of blood and breath pulsating beneath the smooth erotic surface of marble, carved into perfection, an expression of eternal perfection, of artistic virtuosity so penultimate that it seems timeless? I think of course of the straining figures of Rodin, the eroticism of Bernini, and the supple heroic bodies of Michelangelo. These are of course icons of the history of art, expressive moments of classicism that endure, models for all student artists, and for those of us who continue to think about and idolize fine art.
So, what then does this mean in the context of contemporary art? Is something of such timeless appeal relevant to practice today? I would say that if work like this continues to stir the human spirit, then the answer is yes. And perhaps our love of such ways of mapping the human body may continue in the work of Ilaria Gasparroni, a young sculptor from Italy whose marble work takes its cues from the technical classicism of the masters while inflecting each work with a sense of the contemporary world, pleasure and contrast.