DateMarch 03 - 31, 2023
The main section of this exhibition was first presented during December 2021 in Naples for Ducrot’s homonymous solo exhibition at the former baroque church Le Scalze. For the occasion, the artist created bigger-than-life works on paper that beautifully filled the altar-pieces of the decadently fascinating space. For the colossal pieces ca. 4,0 x 2,5m the artist chose three religious passages that would relate to her current experience of looking for something bigger and more meaningful than the mere physical manifestation of life. The events chosen by the artist were The Annunciation, The Adoration of the Magi and the Descent of the Holy Spirit. Together they created an unusual triptych whose thematic creates a dialogue both with the artist’s personal experience and the space they were originally created for. For the second presentation of the project, the three pieces are installed at the gallery through an unlikely mise-en-scène, changing the perception of the space but also of the art works themselves. Filling the white walls of the gallery almost completely and elevating the ceiling as if inside a sacred space, the connection with the divine – as Isabella first wanted – happens also inside the gallery, a profane space so to speak. For the gallery exhibition Isabella Ducrot continues to develop her primary insightful interest, that is: how divine can be so very contemporary. And she does so through a series of six small-scaled variations of the Descent of the Holy Spirit which are presented alongside the gigantic pieces through an authentic and imaginative combination of forms. More colorful, joyful and heterogeneous figures appear through the series, as if all the energy and inherent heavenly qualities of this passage were concentrated through the fragility and lightless of a material such as paper. The works are all mixed media on paper and demonstrates the freedom through which Isabella faces not only her own art making but mainly and most importantly, her life.