The masterpiece collection
Humankind stands at a crossroads, an exhilarating moment in our evolution, to put it mildly: Will we be able to transition to a healthier paradigm and ensure our survival and civilization? Nuclear risk, ecological destruction and climate breakdown do not seem to have truly, or sufficiently, woke us up yet.
In his Masterpiece, Marco Grassi questions the self-centered and arrogant ways of humanity, which has set itself apart from the physical world and from nature, in hopes of engendering more conversation about the changes and choices we face. Meet Humanity, Earth and Nature.
The butterflies, ancient symbols of transformation, point to the sea–changes occurring in our inner worlds, our social fabric and the physical world we inhabit and exploit. The butterflies unite and distinguish the three figures, that each express a different type of metamorphosis as shown by what is happening in their skin– from the cracked porcelain skin and multi-hued decorations on the left woman, to the marble veining of the man’s skin, and the array of real butterflies on the right woman’s body and the embroidered ones adorning her veil.
“This work speaks louder than anything I’ve painted before,” notes Marco. “I’ve always been fascinated by metamorphosis and I’ve tried to capture key moments of it, usually more on the level of a person’s musing, awakening and transformation. In ‘The Paradox of Evolution’, I’ve brought my concerns to the state and direction of the world today and my artistic leitmotif of transformation together in a scene that shows the state of flux we find ourselves in as humankind and our potential evolutionary transformation. My hope is fragile, as are the butterflies.”