Milena Naef is an Amsterdam-based artist, more precisely, she is the fourth generation of a family sculpting in stone. She uses marble as an artistic material, with a contemporary approach: in “Fleeting Parts”, her own body becomes a tool to explore the physical and mental weight of the stone.
She carved the marble to frame parts of her body, with this action she wants to focus on the ephemeral nature of a body, contrasting it with the help of the marble strength. “…the plates can be seen as objects that captured a moment in time when the body actually merged with them (almost like an archive).” Considering the carved marble as a frame for the body, a viewer’s eye is focused to notice the contours, curves and tones of Naef’s figure as if she were a material herself, in a way that is simultaneously intimate and objective. It can be assumed that when the marble has been lifted, new marks have been made, imprinted on her shoulders, back and hips for their own fleeting moment.
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