This series of paintings and textile works take fungi and other natural elements as a starting point to explore ideas of human transformation and intersectionality. It reminds us of the VII Book of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. In the epic poem, as soon as Medea, daughter of divine descent, arrives in Corinth, we are made aware that the people of the city have transformed from mushrooms into humans. In Pubertà (puberty), human bodies spring from fungi (Metamorphoses, 7.391) and impersonate rituals of initiation into adulthood. Curiosity, sexual tension, consummation, attention seeking and insecurity, invade every work in a parasitic way to the point of sensual pleasure.
- Maria Valeria Biondo