Magical Maurizio Savini
Italian artist Maurizio Savini, who creates amazing sculptures out of used, pink chewing gum and fiberglass, because he loves the synthetic fleshliness of the pink color.
Magical Maurizio Savini
Artists thinking outside the box, using mediums nobody else would ever think of can be inspirational with the work they produce, like Italian artist Maurizio Savini, who creates amazing sculptures out of used, pink chewing gum and fiberglass, because he loves the synthetic fleshiness of the pink colour.
Add to that the way that the stuff is shredded to pieces by tongue power, and the energy involved in the chewing process all serve to add power and energy to the Sculptures, which invariably cause a real stir when they go on show at exhibitions around the globe.
Italians know chewing gum as American gum because it was introduced into Europe by American soldiers during WWII. Maurizio Savini distinctly remembers childhood and personal memories of the wonder that was this amazing new confection in those days, hoping that his pink chewing gum sculptures provoke different flavors of reactions in people.
He was born in Rome, studying architecture at La Sapienza university before holding his first personal exhibition at Düsseldorf in 1992. His intricate, and detailed works are created using many thousands of bright pink gum pieces, and include life-size sculptures of suited businessmen suspended in gymnastic poses, a buffalo, and a grizzly bear .
40 year-old Savini has been making use of this environmentally friendly, recycled material, for the past 10 years, the seemingly sticky sculptures exhibited worldwide, including shows all over Europe from Berlin through London, Edinburgh and Rome where they have sold for many thousands of dollars quite consistently.
Based in Rome, this talented artist maintains that the gum is as good a medium as any other used in more traditional arts like painting, feeling that in spite of a history of gum belonging to popular culture, it does not have the place it deserves within institutional art, something addressed by his own work, which gives the medium an expressive dignity of its own.
Savini prefers to work the chewing gum when, warm. manipulating it with a knife exactly as one would more traditional materials like clay, most importantly fixing the sculptures with formaldehyde and antibiotic. Mario Codognato, Italian art critic remarked that the stunning gum sculptures of this great artist embody the essence of youth, commenting that they reminds of the sensual act of chewing.
He further remarked that, as he put it, the emotions evoked include savoring the voluptuous warmth of sweet saliva as well as that artificial fragrance which spreads from the mouth as a promised kiss that was somehow missed.