At The Ode To we are always curious to learn more about creativity and artistry, so we asked Lucia Mondadori to tell us a little bit about her life, her art and her sources of inspiration.
What do you call your series of artwork?
– I've named them "Aisha" and "Keren". The Aisha pieces are an embodiment of vitality and vibrancy, drawing inspiration from the name's origins in both Arabic and Swahili, signifying liveliness and the essence of being alive.
The Keren piece is inspired by the horn of abundance, a symbol of strength and prosperity. The vessel, shaped like a woman's belly, represents fertility and explores the interplay between contemporary interpretations of feminine and masculine forces.
What technique have you used?
– The Aisha pieces were meticulously crafted using traditional hand-building techniques, including coiling and sculpting. Each piece was carefully hand-sanded and textured. A delicate porcelain slip was applied, followed by multiple layers of dolomite mat glaze in varying thicknesses. This process results in a smooth, stony surface while preserving the raw qualities of the stoneware beneath.
What inspired you to create the artworks you have made for The Ode To?
– My work has always revolved around the abundant feminine forms. For this collection, I aimed to introduce a sharp element to create contrast and delve into the interplay between feminine and masculine energies inherent in all of us.
Can you tell us about your background and how you came to be an artist?
– Growing up on an island in southern Brazil, near rocky shores and lagoons, I was part of a community deeply connected to nature and culture. After completing my education in graphic design, I spent years working in publishing and visual merchandising. However, a strong desire to return to my roots led me to found a cold-press juice company. Yet, my true passion was ignited when I discovered ceramics, coinciding with my move to Paris and the start of my family. Originally focused on functional ware, my practice naturally evolved into larger, abstract forms. I believe in the importance of living in an environment that embraces art, nature, and organic materials, especially in the city. My goal is to create artwork that fosters a meaningful connection with these elements.
How would you describe your art and aesthetics in three words?
– Contemplative, metaphorical, voluptuous.
What we love about LUCIA MONDADARI:
Lucia's work effortlessly blends traditional hand-building techniques with contemporary interpretations of feminine and masculine forces. Lucia's art invites contemplation and metaphorical reflection while celebrating the lush, voluptuous forms that surround us.