Abra Alba (skimmed milk and greyish white)
Assemblage (sea shells on canvas), 50 x 70 cm – 19.6 x 27.5 inches
The simple act of collecting shells on the beach later became a meditative practice in my studio, consisting of gluing each shell on the canvas. The long days required to complete the artwork and the forced posture during its making challenged and gave depth to the practice.
The shells were collected on the beach in Circeo National Park, central Italy. The title of the work, Abra Alba, is the name of these white furrow shells, a species of bivalve mollusk living in the Mediterranean Sea. The description of the shell’s shade of white comes from Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours (7 – Skimmed milk white, 8 – Grayish white). Bibliography: Patrick Baty, Nature’s Palette: A Color Reference System from the Natural World, Princeton University Press, 2021.