Maria Positano shaped her practice through commitment to process and sensitivity to materials. Her objects are the result of an enquiry in the relentless connection between internal research and making. Her artistic practice attempts to be a tool for self-knowledge and comes from the intimate yearning to reach an understanding of the structures and dynamics that constitute the necessity to make.
Her work reflects upon the ways in which we process our surroundings and experience. The artist is exposing the idea of original creation and her interest lays in how we generate meaning though making,
She adopts materials and processes with ancient connotations, associated with time and the tradition of making thought history: these include the chosen materials [ wood, copper, bronze, casting sand] and the processes applied [steam bending, hammering and shaping metal, bronze casting, weaving, moulding]. Bending, compressing and ‘pushing’ each material, revealing, through manipulation, it’s fundamental and structural core in search for glimpses of our primal existence.
The artist is interested in the individual´s engagement with the familiar, yet unacquainted, object and attempts to create a space for this contact. Our contemporary understanding of historical and visual codes becomes the ground for the work, within this process emerges the figure of the archetypal Demiurge [or artist, shaman, alchemist, smith], and the notion of original creative intent. Purpose and intent exist in the realm of self-aspiration, this yearning to achieve beyond tangible results, is for the artist at the core of generating objects of art.