In the artworks by Michela Cattai the tradition, respected and nourished by the artist’s work, takes on new configurations capable of embracing the contemporary, showing an original and originary essence.

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Acqua

made for Venini in 2019, this series uses traditional process and historical techniques to explore how heritage continues to be stylistic nourishment and the source of objects of contemporary aesthetic value.

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In this collection, Michela Cattai and Venini have pooled their experiences through the creation of a project inspired by the theme of the Tea Ceremony.

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“I became interested in this ancient rite, and it filled me with awe,” says Michela. “It suggested to me a project that would join our tradition of glassmaking and Venini’s special expertise with the fascinating and venerable Japanese culture.”

The materic artworks, with an incredible visual impact and a very strong symbolic value, are enriched on their surface by the graphic sign of the cold finishing and made even more suave by the delicate colors, keeping the crystal clear.

They are works with textured surfaces resulting in a remarkable visual impact. Their strong symbolic value is characterized by soft and sinuous shapes forged and modeled by means of fire, then enriched on the surface of the glass by the graphic sign of the cold processing.

The delicate colours recall the shades of the spring, becoming paler and paler until they are crystal clear.

In may 2019 the series has been part of the artist’s solo show Reshaping the Tradition, held at the Italian Cultural Institute Tokyo in Japan. And it has also been exhibited at Palazzo Loredan, Venice, on the occasion of The Venice Glass Week in 2019.

Contrasto

The idea for the glass vessels Contrasto was born from the need to explore the  infinite potentialities of glass, highlighting on one only surface the different  shades of this material, with an interplay of opposites.

Contrasto, exalts on a single surface, through the accurate technique of cold working, the different nuances of materials in a game of opposites. 

On one side blown glass, hand crafted, smooth and opaque, is opposed on the other to the glass named cotisso, a polished and angular glass gem: giving the work a strong identity and a singular preciousness.

Exhibited in 2019 at the the Italian Cultural Institute Tokyo with the patronage of the Italian Embassy in Japan – and  at Palazzo Loredan, Venice, on the occasion of The Venice Glass Week.

Riflessi

“Il vetro è colore, è pittura vibrante, determinata dalla struttura cromatica tridimensionale mutevole”

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The Riflessi series is composed of a vitreous pictorial fabric which takes up the Renaissance  technique of cane glass and inspired by the perception that comes from the refraction of light in  water.

Michela Cattai Studio
Michela Cattai Studio

The heritage of the manufacture, with the ability of the Venini glass masters, in the encounter with the creative design of the author, creates a glassy cane animated by unique chromatic reflections. 

The delicate variation of the canes defines the pictorial composition. Juxtaposed like vertical brushstrokes, they embody a deep feeling of love and respect for the material glass, its thousand-year history.

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The pictorial act thus becomes masterfully plastic: the color takes shape and volume. From a project on paper that touches the heart, a skillful stroke materializes and fixes itself in space.

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They are works with textured surfaces resulting in a remarkable visual impact. Their strong symbolic value is characterized by soft and sinuous shapes forged and modeled by means of fire, then enriched on the surface of the glass by the graphic sign of the cold processing.

As seen on Arte.it, Artribune, Eco Dai Palazzi, James Magazine, AD Russia and Interni.

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