There is no planet B – Fernando Mastrangelo’s ecologically-driven mirror series is inspired by the destructive power and unnerving beauty of liquid magma cooling into volcanic rock. “With MAGMA, I wanted to explore ominous beauty and metaphorically reference the unrest of the global population when it comes to action in the face of global warming.” Says the designer to Archipanic.
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Each piece is composed of black sand surrounding gold mirror using Mastrangelo’s signature sculpting methods. The sand extends off the mirror to create three-dimensional formations.
“Large-scale mirrors are my favorite form of artistic expression. A flat plane of mirror plays a unique and paradoxical role in the three-dimensionality of the work because it draws the viewer in and makes him or her a part of the piece. I chose gold mirror specifically for this series to invoke the bright yellow and orange of lava before it turns to magma and then coalesces into igneous rock.”
Mastrangelo continues his sculptural conversation with sustainable issues and a volatile Earth. “I have always conversed with issues of climate change in my collections, sculpting pieces with a reverence for nature and beauty.” MAGMA’s forms and textures suggest a landscape that has surpassed healthy temperatures and decayed to an existence of extreme heat.
“I did what I always aim to do in my practice: emulate the composition and tonality already existing in these natural formations. What the Earth can create on its own is a great inspiration to me, and I do my best to honor, not deviate, from that raw beauty.”
The collection – the most dystopian one so far, according to the designer – ‘reflects’ a growing pressure rising to the surface and bounding to erupt. “I hope not in the form of disaster but in the form of energetic action. I hope viewers will consider their stake in climate change.”
All images: courtesy of Fernando Mastrangelo.
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