i-ItalyNY - 2014-06 - page 43

byMila Tenaglia
Dresses, shoes, purses, bedside
lamps—Teresa Cinque turns them
all into silhouettes made of soft
fabric. By altering their character,
she transforms these velvety
fabrics and sticks themon the
wall. “I think producing images of
the world in fabric comes from the
need to give a softer meaning and
feeling to our surroundings,” says
the artist,“a sort of compensation
or consolation for the harshness
of certain situations. Finding
myself toiling with fabrics again
was nearly only natural, as if
this intimacy with the world
of textiles were something in a
woman’s genes.” But whence does
this desire come? Perhaps she is
reacting to her birthplace.Teresa
was born in Pietrasanta, the
famous hub of marble and bronze
craftsmanship.Yet sculpture
never held sway over Cinque.“I
literally grew up insidemarble,”
she says.“My father had a studio.
But it doesn’t interest me. It’s a
cold, hardmaterial. I have always
been interested in working with
cloths and fabrics, which, on
the contrary, are soft, warmand
pleasing to the touch.”
Teresa likes to dabble in fashion
and (re)design the clothes
she loves to wear. One of her
installation projects, Garderobe
(Wardrobe), came about
Fabrics and wallpaper, cuts
and stitches. Welcome to
the enchanting world that
Tuscan artist Teresa Cinque
has now conjured in New
York. Her unusual art
is to transform fashion
and furniture objects into
wall decorations.
Teresa Cinque
and some of herworks
on showat the Italian
Consulate General
spontaneously.“The process…
worked contrary to what you’d
expect: I startedwith apparel
then drew the soul [of the project]
from that. I stripped the apparel
of its function in order to capture
a sense of its allure. I painted
wrapping paper with oil pastels…
and then hung themupon hangers
on a ten-foot clothes rack.”
Another thread in her ball of
yarn is Fake Furniture, a project
involving a DIY interior design
kit.“I made shapes out of cloth
that look like home furnishings,
which you can hang on the wall.
A bit like the inverse of Ikea, I
create a unique piece, a work of
art that you can take home. But,
like Ikea, inside the kit you can
find instructions with drawings to
figure out how to put it together.”
Well, you can’t say it’s not an
original idea. But there’s amethod
to her magic.“If we were in the
fashionworld,” says Cinque,“we
might call it the pret-a-porter
version of large installation
Teresa is passionate about New
York.Mention of the citymakes
June-July 2014
The idea is to
make outlines
or take silhouettes
of everyday things
that captivateme
and translatewhat
I see into flatness
her eyes light up immediately. She
has been here a long time.After
graduating fromschool, she joined
the collective Prince Street Artists
andwas thunderstruck. From
that moment on, she has never
turned her back on the city. She
recently participated in an exhibit
in Dumbo, Brooklyn—the new art
mecca of NYC. “In NewYork I can
practicemy art better. For example,
for Italian National Day on June
2ndmy “City Specific”project,
Velvet Park
, will be presented at the
Italian consulate. Consul Natalia
Quintavalle will introduce the
work that I’mpreparing alongside
the artistic curator Silvia Ferrai
Lilienau.Themoment I saw the
room for my show I thought
immediately of trees. It was very
spontaneous.The large cornices
made me think of windows, so
I wanted to create a triptych
of different types of trees with
branches stretching up to the
Teresa tells us she would like to
open a studio soon.We eagerly
await the day! Until then, we’ll
have to content ourselves with
Velvet Park
, which opens at 690
Park Avenue on June 2.
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