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Carlotta Brunetti, "ForÍt Surprise", lime and terra di sienna, Fontenay, France, 2002.

Carlotta Brunetti

Italian-born and based in Germany, Carlotta Brunetti brings her compelling outdoor installations and indoor projects to public spaces throughout the world. Her work encourages the viewer to experience nature "with fresh eyes" and to reflect on the connections between urban and rural perceptions of the natural world.

In "ForÍt Surprise" at Fontenay near Paris, Brunetti covered the trunks of trees in a park with a mixture of lime and "terra di siena" pigment similar to the idealized brown color used by children to draw trees. The exaggerated vertical line of the trunks and our assumptions about the colors of nature were dramatically highlighted in this way within a park setting. Local tree care practices were also alluded to, since trees in urban areas are traditionally coated with lime to protect them from insects and disease.

Brunetti brings elements of the landscape indoors as well, to encourage further questioning of our relationship to nature. For the artist, humans are part of the natural world and not separate from it. In the exhibit, "In Den Himmel Rhein" (Into Rhine Heaven), a play on "in den himmel rein" (going inside heaven), Brunetti   . .(Read more)

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