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Stefania Zamparelli
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant

Media:Photography;


ARTIST STATEMENT: In ancient times geographers would mark the borders of unexplored territories with dragons and monsters as a warning to travelers. The Empty Quarter, the largest continuous sand desert in the world, includes Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman and Yemen. Its map displays no drawn lines to mark ownerships. No monsters are there depicted to warn of danger. "Here Be Dragons" is out of this uncharted map. This Still Life series portrays a zone of the Empty Quarter where ill camels are taken to die. No trees to tie them up; roped legs nail down the location of their final journey. The natural mummification provided by the desert seems to turn the camels' skin into a shroud as if to show them respect by minimizing the disfiguration that the after-life inflicts to the material body. Thus the environment pays a tribute to their life by concealing while grieving. Sand and camels were created of equal color and this unity seems to visually seal this work of nature in sculpture-like installations whereas the white bones release the tension. The Empty Quarter here becomes a Realm of full integrity. The enhanced background sphericity, realized using a fish-eye lens, aims to suggest that beyond our globe and its artificially marked and unmarked frontiers there are Infinite Life Realms in Motion.
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