Federica Zianni was born in Rome in 1993. She graduated from St. Orsola Fine Arts High School in Rome in 2012 and moved to Milan that same year. Here she graduated cum laude in Sculpture in 2015 and is currently studying for her post-graduate master’s degree in Sculpture at Brera Academy for the Fine Arts, with the professor Vittorio Corsini. Her sculpture works, initially figurative, evolved to become more organic and abstract.
My works have silence as a common theme. Not silence as isolation, but as a necessary condition for communication, since communication can’t take place without listening.
Through the presence of the sculpture I wanted the absence of sound to be perceived, not that of meaning. The sculpture’s target is to create a physic effect regarding external reality. The internal reality of the artistic work leads the observer to purification, to a sincere investigation of one’s self and a more deep knowledge of others.
My research begins with the anatomical observation of the ear’s auricle, as the ear is the organ designed to receive sounds, and this is one of the most important means of communications with the world and surroundings.
The sculptural space suggests a way of listening, which is deep and unprejudiced, without interpretations, reactions, conditionings and fears. By simply observing and listening we penetrate ourselves, our core, get in touch with our spirit.
The sculptures have the organic form of the “bone labyrinth” inside the ear, an organ that senses, conveys and elaborates the sound, which is channelled inside the canals and gets in and out of the auricle. It receives and responds. The auricle itself is the structure: it ciphers the vibrations and is the place to metabolize and reflect.