Roberto Sironi

Portrait
Federico Villa

THREE QUESTIONS FOR ROBERTO SIRONI

Roberto Sironi brings to his work a tight intellectual rigor most often focused on history and anthropology, as well as a natural instinct for materials and contrasts. He tends to develop healthy obsessions with the methods and transformations of ancient peoples: their architecture, their reasoning, their commerce. His initial serious facade belies a lightheartedness and general empathy. All of this made him a perfect candidate for the reinterpretation of Sardinian weaving - a craft long influenced by the application of artistic and graphic design. Rather than delivering a simple drawing to the artisans, he delved into the techniques and materials, creating his final tapestries in steps of investigation.


1. Define originality.

Originality means staying true to one's ethos by avoiding any form of self-censorship. I think it is good to look at "international taste" but in my work it must be significant that I am Italian and that I am working in this country.

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2) What do you love most about your job?

The most interesting part is the research in the field, whether that be exploring urban places such as museums, archaeological sites, secret places or forests and mountains. This exploration, this way of researching material and materials, continues to be my main source of inspiration.


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3) What was your strongest impression of Sardinia?

What fascinated me most about Sardinia were the natural elements: the Mediterranean flora - so wild and uncontaminated, the darkness of the night in the countryside, the sounds of the flocks of sheep. The archaeological remains immersed in the woods are now almost incorporated into nature and, as such, become an intrinsic and indissoluble part of the territory.


By Roberto Sironi: Nuragic Black & Nuragic White of the Nuragic Satellitaria Collection, made in collaboration with Mariantonia Urru.


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