Gabriele Maruotti, alias Body Snatchers, joins the project «Young Italian Artists. Contemporary Art Stories», ongoing space and archive dedicated to key players in the contemporary art world, who are under 35, conceived by Antonello Tolve, and curated with Elena Giulia Rossi.
˜”*°•.˜”*°• Reality holds no interest for me. •°*”˜.•°*”˜
I try to move away from it as much as possible, especially when my mind is clear, clear to dream, imagine and create situations that don’t exist. The most rewarding moment is precisely this one: taking pleasure in unexplored worlds, merging times that are light years apart from each other or speculating about the future of mankind and the planet.
˜”*°•.˜”*°• Boredom and solitude play a key role in this process. •°*”˜.•°*”˜
I firmly believe that being bored or alone for a certain amount of time is extremely important for the brain to work creatively and I’m surprised that boredom and solitude are still, in this present day, described in a negative way – in the majority of cases. I’m certain there are many people, like myself, who have spent a lot of time in their own heads, understanding that melancholy is often, unfairly mistaken for unhappiness.
Recently i have had a job that takes away a lot of time. I miss the long walks in nature to take a break from all the technological and social feedback constantly bombarding our thoughts. Sometimes, in the short time off i have left, i go to great lengths to isolate myself. I clearly picture situations that do not exist, creating moods and mixing these together.
Often, what emerges always contains elements that are connected with the reality that surrounds us every day: a smartphone, laptop, USB cable, mouse, hard disk… I think that these objects play the role of a lucky charm in my work, reminding me to go back.
If I didn’t go back to reality, I would no longer have the pleasure of losing myself in the dream.
Gabriele Maruotti, alias Body Snatchers, July 2020