The ability to imagine worlds beyond the surface of reality is a fundamental characteristic of my art. In this vision, elements of everyday life are intertwined with my own imagination, giving life to creatures rendered in fantastic realistic style.
Combining the human with the animal figure I stretch the boundaries between real and surreal. This hybridization reflects the constant changes and shifts we undergo in the process of becoming and discovering ourselves. Biological, psychological, cultural and social transformations determine our identities and the very perception of ourselves and others.
Nature, and the marine world in particular, is a constant source of inspiration: the ocean represents the unconscious where the archetypes that inspire my sculptures swim. Attention to detail is what gives character to my work, which is the result of a long process of modelling, molding, casting and refining of the final piece.
Rossella Scapini is an Italian sculptor and painter whose artistic experience spans from fine art restoration to monumental sculpture. She studied at Libera Accademia di Belle Arti LABA in Brescia (Italy) followed by a professional career in Spain as a set decorator and prop maker for cinema, advertisement and museums. In 2007 she relocated to the Bay Area and begun working with the internationally renowned Artworks Foundry, using the ancient technique of lost wax to cast her own sculptures in bronze.
In 2021 her first public sculpture “Calimar” founded by Alameda Pubic Art, was installed along the Alameda Point shoreline in Alameda, California.
As a sculptor she works extensively with clay and plaster, bronze, resin, wax and anything than can be modeled. Her painting skills include acrylics, oils, various techniques for faux finishes and mosaics.