Marzia Colonna

Marzia Colonna was born in Italy and studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence before moving to England which has been her home for over 30 years. Her work is based on the human form and on humanity itself and draws on her Italian heritage as well as the landscape of her Dorset coast. She also works in two dimensions as a collage artist.

 

Her powerful bonze pieces reflect the dreams and aspirations of mankind and the profound truth about the human condition. The entwined figures reflect joy, love and tenderness, the winged figures step forward like mythical creatures about to take flight, a monument to our deepest aspirations. In recent years her work has moved from abstraction back to figuration led by her commission the Kite Flyer for Winchester city. The work in this exhibition looks at the human form in relation to external forces. There is a sense of wonderment at man’s place in the natural world. A figure faces a bull held in a tense equilibrium, another gazes in wonderment at a giant tree and in Man and Bird the full scale figure reaches upwards in release as the bird flies free.

 

Marzia Colonna’s sculptures have been commissioned for public spaces including St Aldhelm in Sherborne Abbey, The Mermaid at the National Sailing Club, Portland, the Christ in Salisbury Cathedral and the Kite Flyer in Winchester. Her work is in many collections in Europe, the United States and Australasia. Since 1985 she has lived and worked in West Dorset. A major sculpture was purchased in 2001 by the Jerwood foundation and in 2002 by Newby Hall sculpture collection.

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