Isabella Ducrot (b. 1931, Naples, Italy, lives and works in Rome) is known for her devoted use of woven cloth as the founding material of her paintings. Through her extensive travels in Asia she has assembled a sublime collection of antique textiles, originating primarily from India, China, Tibet and Afghanistan. Fascinated by the presence of rhythm and rhyme within such textiles, she has made it her artistic mission to transform them into objects which express the rhythm of life.


The formal focus of Ducrot’s work varies between landscapes, vases and teapots to more spiritual subjects such as Tibetan votive scarves, which she refers to as Bende Sacre (sacred bandages). Throughout her practice is a palpable vocal, musical aspect. She seeks with her compositions of rivers, skies, stars, moons and trees to compose laudative songs for the earth’s fundamental virtues and the urge to protect them. With her Bende Sacre, Ducrot in an equally poetic and vocal sense imagines the very fabric of the scarf growing in unison with divine messages.


Isabella Ducrot has recently exhibited at Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, 2019 and the Spazio Parlato, Palermo, 2018. In 2014 she had a major exhibition at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rome. In 1993 she showed her work at the Venice Biennale. Ducrot is due to have a solo exhibition at Galerie Mezzanin, Geneva in the winter of 2020. She is also the author of numerous publications, including La stoffa a quadri (also translated and published in English as The Checkered Cloth), 2019; Suonno. Il sonno e il sogno nella canzone napoletana, 2012; Fallaste Corazón, 2012; Pensiero religioso ed elettricità, 2011; La Matassa Primordale, 2008; and Bianca di Pelle, 1995.


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