Dall’alto: Armando Marrocco scolpisce la base dell’altare della chiesa di S. Antonio al Fulgenzo; ambone della medesima chiesa, 2001/2002.
ore than half a century ago, in Salento, I began transforming raw material into ornate works of art: marble, Lecce stone, wood, mosaic. In Galatina, the city where I was born, I learnt the basic skills in the workshop of a master stone mason. After this I studied art and at the start of the 1960s, on the advice of Lucio Fontana, I left formal education and transferred to Milan where I had the chance to take an interest in architecture, engineering and town planning. In 1966 at the Rizzatto-Whitworth Gallery, I put on a one-man show entitled “The multiple spaces of Marrocco”, a work conceived based on the close relationship between art and science, executed using transparent objects and electronic art and mirrored steel sculptures. After this came other exhibitions in the same vein, critical acclaim and awards. I accepted the position of Art Director in a company that designed and produced complementary objects for the home. We parted company in the 1970s. After this I became interested in sacred art, a slow and reflexive encounter with the spiritual that brought me to create works I believed belonged only to my youth, matured by experience. Sacred art allowed me to confront tradition without neglecting the innovation required in our time. The creation of such works requires skill, experience, vocation, visual memory, consciousness, confrontation with ones own personal history and the environment, awareness of the transcendent. In my experience as sculptor, contact with the mysteries of creation happens on a daily basis. Everything comes in useful to give one the courage to live at the level of one’s own dreams. I have created
bronze doors for cathedrals, altars, ambones, chapels, stained-glass windows, fountains and baptisteries; it is impossible to remain indifferent to those clients who involve you in their own personal history, their own
language, their own operation and who create a continuous alternation of emotions. With the passage of time I have learnt that art is always sacred however it is expressed, because it is born of and takes the form of me-man.
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