Busto (Trevis Maponos), 2019

Miami Beach 2019
Copper, wax, coins
75.0 x 16.0 x 9.0 (cm)
29.5 x 6.3 x 3.5 (inch)
This series of works was conceived and realized for Siedlecki’s eponymous solo exhibition at Magazzino in May 2019. The artist has gathered approximately one-hundred thirty thousand coins among the ones that are picked up daily from the Trevi Fountain, and that for several reasons (non-existing coinages, too low exchange values, damage or modification to coins) are not exchanged and are simply piled up and put away. Medals, tokens, carved or modified coins do represent for Siedlecki a whole of desires, stuck in a sort of limbo, waiting to be fulfilled. In the same limbo, we can imagine the votive figures discovered in Clermont-Ferrand (in the French region of Auvergne) as a result of an excavation carried out in the Sixties, in a well from the Gallic era. These votive figures carved in beech wood, similarly to modern ones represent parts of the human body as a wish for prosperity and fertility. The artist has appropriated these figures scanning them in 3D and obtaining wax moulds, which has then been processed in a long-duration galvanic bath that has progressively hidden the original features and connotations, and deformed the original shape.