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Ventre is inspired by the close and profound rapport between man and nature and is created for special places where people appreciate the generosity of the earth and the proximity to its riches. Nowadays, we have to re-think our relationship with our planet so I decided to create an intimate piece where you can feel the warmth of the earth in every way.

Building Ventre is like performing an ancient ritual. Ventre is made of clay that is formed into a huge egg then baked on-site in an open-air kiln that transforms the material. After Ventre pieces are baked, they’re buried under the same earth that surrounds them so that grass and other local plants can grown on them. You can barely see the finished work from the outside, like a bulb that has been planted but still has to push through the earth. There is only one small opening to enter it and another even smaller one that looks up and away, towards the sky. These site specific pieces become a part of their surroundings and can be thought of as somewhere between land and performance art. 

I think of Ventre pieces as hideaways, as a refuges, as caves, animal dens or even as a pieces of some living entity. Places that you can sit inside like in an igloo, safe from the elements and away from danger. Places for a warm and comforting embrace. I called this piece Ventre, womb, because it recalls the maternal aspect of Nature and invites sharing, a spontaneous and universal gesture. 

Ventre is a place for celebrating the Earth’s warmth, a huge oven for preparing food. When it’s heated up with local wood it gives back that heat like a volcano, like the deep heat that formed everything on the planet. It’s a generous yet discrete work that offers itself to those who seek it out and knows how to help and comfort them, just like Nature does.

Everybody can use Ventre, this is art that is meant to be shared. It’s inclusive and democratic and will stay that way over time.

Andrea Salvetti


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