Matter that transforms, contaminates itself and becomes a pretext for reflections on human things and the supernatural. Marcela Bracalenti and Isabella Scotti they have fun playing with their own expressive medium, giving life to one of paintings-installations and the other to sculptures that arise from the mixture of the most diverse materials. Their works produce "Alchimie", as the title of their collective exhibition exhibited in Lu.CCA Lounge & Underground  from June 2nd to July 26th 2020 with free admission.

“Those of Marcela Bracalenti and Isabella Scotti - writes Lu.CCA director Maurizio Vanni - are two apparently dissonant worlds, two antithetical styles (one informal and the other figurative), two aesthetic results at the antipodes. But if we assume that neither seeks aesthetic answers, the perceptual path could prove even more interesting. Their approach to the visual arts is similar in that it is transformed into an instrument that, in progress, has to do with what we might call metamorphosis, continuous evolution or, more simply, alchemical process ".

The artistic outcome of their works is based on the process of transmutation of metals into gold, dear to alchemical science, according to which creation, corrupted due to original sin, tends to return to the original perfection, just like the metals that change towards the most noble form of their species or gold. "Bracalenti's compositions, ever more projecting and pervasive - Vanni underlines - seem to rotate in a slow centripetal vortex that attracts objects contaminating them with matter, aggregating them with the surface and transmuting everything through light". His works-installations tend to expand outside the confines of the wooden support and act as a catalyst for external elements and then bring attention back to the inside of the painting itself.

“Scotti's sculptural structures - continues Vanni - could be considered a hymn to nature because they are connected to the four primary elements. The forms, more or less figurative and essential, become pretexts for an investigation that goes beyond the surface of things, which is sublimated in the conscious use of symbols that moves perception from the emotional to the brain sphere. Isabella transforms the material into a form that meets the chromatic patina and the surface and then joins the light, the supreme beauty. The result is volumes in the round that must not explain or narrate anything, but suggest paths of knowledge and self-knowledge ".

Marcela Bracalenti and Isabella Scotti experiment with matter, the evolution of forms and the transformation of objects. “On the one hand - concludes Vanni -, in Scotti's works, the individual, a symbol of life and of the passing of time, reappears cyclically, making us reflect on the most important issues of our being; on the other hand, in Bracalenti's works, the material, at the same time fluid and solid, concrete and spiritual, ephemeral and eternal, pushes us to never take anything for granted and not to dwell on the appearance of things ".

Short biographical notes

Marcela Bracalenti

She was born in Buenos Aires (Argentina) where she lived until 1979. She worked as an architect in Milan until 1984, the year she moved to Tuscany. Lives and works in Pisa.

At the end of the 90s he began a new exploration in the world of art, approaching painting again, a path that he initially placed alongside his activity as an architect, but which would occupy an increasingly important space in his life. Participation in the first collective exhibition dates back to 2001. Since then she has created numerous personal exhibitions and is selected to participate in important public and private events.

His works are present in private collections in Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, the United States and Argentina.

Isabella Scotti

After classical studies and a degree in Foreign Languages ​​and Literatures, she worked for a long period as an event organizer, until she began to put her creativity at the service of fabrics, straw and felts, creating imaginative hats, unique pieces.

As a self-taught milliner, she is free to use any material. In addition to working the more traditional materials, she begins to give shape to cork and stone headdresses, heralding her streak as a sculptor.

In the meantime, enrolled at the Liceo Artistico Passaglia in Lucca, after graduation she began her new career as an artist-sculptor, preferring clay, metals and ... words as working materials. He has participated in collective exhibitions in Florence, Pisa, Carrara, Pontremoli, Pontedera, Pietrasanta, Viareggio and Lucca.