A world of grief and pain, | Flowers bloom | Even then – K.Issa
It’s a weird time to be an artist – or, indeed, any type of human being. All over the world, people are on lockdown in their homes until further notice. Many of us are finding we have more free time than ever before, but also have fewer opportunities for inspiration than we would like. Artists and creative practitioners who are able to create art in these circumstances, then, are worthy of celebration.
One such artist is Giuseppina Giordano, a Milan-based interdisciplinary artist whose work has been exhibited all over the world. Giordano’s latest project, COROLLA: Waiting for Spring, United during COVID-19 outbreaks seeks to celebrate the arrival of spring by turning the spread of COVID-19 all over the world into an opportunity to share kindness to each other. She sees us as a single human family who are delicate as flowers and united against discriminations and prejudices.
Giordano’s hope for humanity is that we will overcome this period of uncertainties and flourish everywhere despite adversity. This is the aspiration that inspired her COROLLA project, which exists as a series of wearable sculptures to be used in public places as extensions of the human body. The sculptures consist of long, flexible, coloured petals which are designed to help us follow social distancing rules set out by the World Health Organisation to slow down the spread of coronavirus.
COROLLA builds on the idea that art can make a difference as a concrete tool for peace that allows us to imagine our future together. Equipped with COROLLA, people can once again move around their cities, fearless and side by side, observing safety regulations whilst transforming themselves together into a field of flowers.
Poster for COROLLA by Giuseppina Giordano. Illustration by Matteo Signorelli.
The Wearable COROLLA sculptures consist of elastic bands with attached coloured petals, made of transparent silicone pipes filled with acrylic paint. Bands are available in Small, Medium and Large sizes. The sculptures are available in limited edition (25 pieces) and as unique pieces.
If you are interested in supporting the COROLLA project, you can do so via Indiegogo here:
Supporting the COROLLA project means supporting an artist and her projects, and will make it possible for Giordano to continue making art even in this period of uncertainty.
Article by Toby Buckley
All images courtesy of the artist, Giuseppina Giordano.