Brilliant Bubblegum Art By Maurizio Savini

Many types of North American chewing gum from ...

Many types of North American chewing gum from 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I am a lover of art works by artists like the amazing Maurizio Savini , who has an uncanny ability to think outside the box,  making use of a medium that few others have ever dared tried to use so effectively. His works are all sculptural, and quite frankly inspirational, because this Italian genius, creates incredible works of art from a combination of Fibreglass and used pink chewing gum.

He claims to be enamoured of that synthetic fleshliness the pink colour lends to his sculptures, all of which come about because a devoted legion of fans chew furiously half the time, donating all used gum to the Savini studios. When you stop to consider the sheer physical energy produced bt those frantically working jaws, it makes these works that much more powerful.

It is, therefore, no surprise at all that his intriguing and often bizarre creations create a furore wherever they come to be exhibited.  Savini distinctly remembers his childhood, full of personal memories of first discovering t pink chewing gum as a child, and hoping that his astonishing art works provide onlookers with as much pleasure as he derives from the creative process.

Born in Rome in 1970, Savini studied  architecture at La Sapienza university, but was so drawn to his sculptural art that he was at only 222 years old already holding his first personal exhibition at Düsseldorf. Every single intricate and detailed piece comes into being employing many thousands of pieces of used, bright pink gum, the subjects emerging ranging from a fearsome looking crocodile to a life-size sculpture of suited businessmen.

43 year-old Savini has been recycling the ubiquitous gum for many years now, and has built a solid reputation as an artist of note, having exhibited worldwide – his shows having taken place all over Europe, his works consistently fetching thousands of dollars from eager admirers. The artist himself remarked that he believed gum to be as valid a medium in art as any other.

His fans, often camped outside his Base in Rome, obviously agree strongly with these sentiments, though perhaps the stuff does not have the place it deserves within institutional art. This is, he maintains, a problem that his work addresses, and when sculpting,  he prefers to work with warm gum, shaping it with a knife, before fixing the sculptures with formaldehyde and antibiotic.

It has in the past been commented, by Italian art critic Mario Codognato, that these bizarrely beautiful, pink gum Savini sculptures embody the essence of youth, reminding as they do of the sensual act of chewing, and all the emotions those memories can evoke. 

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