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Grasping into the marble or through it or embracing the stone?

Milena Naef: „Fleeting Parts“.

Milena Naef received an award for her final study work in Cristallina marble at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam

Is it a grasping into the marble or through it or an embracement of the stone slab? Milena Naef, 26, received a so called GRA award for her bachelor-work at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. The university of applied sciences for Fine Arts and Design located in Amsterdam has this prize for its the most promising graduates. The award consists of 1500 € and the opportunity to take part in a special exhibition, that will take place from September 23 until October 02, 2016 at the gallery „Selected“ in Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam.

Milena Naef’s studies were focused on glass as material. Yet for her final work she turned towards marble.

Milena Naef: „Fleeting Parts“.

The reason is not so far-fetched: her father, Alex Naef, is one of the founders of the Scuola di Scultura (Sculpture School) in Peccia in Swiss Ticino region. There the local Cristallina marble is one of the materials.

Milena Naef: „Fleeting Parts“.

Realizing the grasping or the embracement at the „Fleeting Parts“, how the work is called, was a real challenge as the photos show: no space is left between the artist’s skin and the stone’s surface. Milena Naef used a MDF-chipboard and gypsum to create a model of the situation. That model served for manually cutting the forms out of the stone.

Milena Naef: „Fleeting Parts“.

The jury commented: „Milena has found a way to shine a different, personal and physical light on such an old and charged material as marble. Her work is visually beautiful but is not made prettier than it should be … The marble and MDF objects that she shows casually lean against the walls, waiting to be used by Milena, but the object uses Milena as well: shaping her body, ultimately folding body into slabs of marble, which is a sensation to see.“

Gerrit Rietveld Academie

Scuola di Scultura

Translation: pebe

Photos: Scuola di Scultura

Milena Naef: „Fleeting Parts“.Milena Naef.

(27.07.2016, USA: 07.27.2016)