Menadi

Terracotta vases
Studio Zero Editions
Year: 2020

 

 

In the Hellenic tradition, the Maenads were female followers of Dionysus who, through wild dances and initiation rites, were able to merge and become one with God himself. This process was ‘invasive’ in both the literal and figurative senses of the word; they allowed themselves to be filled with the divine in order to become divine themselves in a mystical and transcendent unification. In this state of possession and union, the Maenads gained exceptional abilities like those of the gods and were able to perform wonders, prophesy, and manipulate the forces of nature.

It is from this powerful vision, both ancient and modern, that our Menadi vessels are born, bodies suspended in the convulsive momentum of a step in an impetuous dance, traversed by the vital energy that makes the world vibrate, shaken by that divine spark which continuously aspires to elevation.

The Menadi are a collection of terracotta vases available in five colours made with engobes. Each vase has a matte finish on the outside and a polished interior, or an entirely polished finish. In addition to the wide range of colours and finishes available, these vases also come in two sizes, allowing you to create countless compositions, veritable choreographies which celebrate pure spatial volumes and all the natural beauty of terracotta.

IN A SCULPTURAL AND ABSTRACT LANGUAGE, MENADI TERRACOTTA VASES DESCRIBE AN ARCHAIC RITUAL WHICH PERPETUATES THE MYSTICAL UNION BETWEEN THE HUMAN AND THE DIVINE, NATURE AND SPIRITUALITY

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