1xRUN Thru Interview
Pietas by Marco Mazzoni
1xRun: Tell us a little bit about this piece, is the original piece sold?
Marco Mazzoni: The original has been sold. It was the main work of my recent solo exhibition White Days with Galleri Benoni in Copenhagen.
1xRun: When was the piece drawn and created?
Marco Mazzoni: January 2014.
1xRun: Was this piece part of a recent series that you had?
Marco Mazzoni: This piece was borne from my “Mystical” series, a body of work that speak about the topic of women with knowledge of plants and medicine. This work is dedicated to the father of my friend, who died during the time when I was drawing this piece.
1xRun: Anything immediate you would like us to highlight?
Marco Mazzoni: This is my first print with 1xRun!
1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?
Marco Mazzoni: The idea came from a strange time, I turned to the churches of Milan to try to understand the aesthetics of suffering that only Renaissance Art was capable of giving without disturbance.
1xRun: How long did the piece take?
Marco Mazzoni: 2 months.
1xRun: What is unique about this piece?
Marco Mazzoni: This is the largest piece I have ever made. I also used the whole body.
1xRUN: What materials were used to create this piece?
Marco Mazzoni: Colored pencils on fine art paper. I used Faber Castell Polychromos pencils on Fabrian Schedario paper.
1xRun: Why should people buy this piece?
Marco Mazzoni: Because it speaks about life. The life of a father of one of my best friends. It explains the moment when a child takes the place of a father in the cycle of life.
1xRun: Describe this print in one gut reaction word.
Marco Mazzoni: Mankind.
1xRun: When did you first start making art? What was your first piece?
Marco Mazzoni: The first drawing I created when I was 6 years old in my father’s office, on the back of the photocopy he worked with. The first piece I created was the cover of a punk band of a friend: The Angry Beavers.
1xRun: What artists inspired you early on?
Marco Mazzoni: Goya, Ribera and a lot of contemporary artists.
1xRun: What artists inspire you now?
Marco Mazzoni: In this moment, Goya. I’m studying all his darker works.
1xRun: Do you listen to music while you work?
Marco Mazzoni: I listen to a lot of music while I work. Some examples are Scarling, Jack Off Jill, Babes in Toyland, and Now Now.
1xRun: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why?
Marco Mazzoni: My teenage dream was to make the cover of an album of Korn but these days my dream is to make the cover of the Babes In Toyland album reunion.
1xRun: If you could collaborate with any deceased artists who would it be and why?
Marco Mazzoni: I think William Burroughs, I would love to see how he would cut (and reconstitute) my work.
1xRun: What was the first piece of art that you bought?
Marco Mazzoni: I don’t have my first piece, I gave my mother all of my works. I have a very small studio and home, and I use all the walls for books and CDs.
1xRun: What was the last piece of art that you bought?
Marco Mazzoni: A t-shirt of Tara McPherson.
1xRun: Any big shows or events coming up that you’d like to share?
Marco Mazzoni: My solo show Immue will be coming up this November in Los Angeles with Thinkspace.