Ilaria Sansotta is a bookseller and visual artist. Founder of the bookshop LaDolceVita in Barcelona. She comes from the world of book restoration in Italy and has always experimented with the creative possibilities of paper and related materials.
She has participated in Art Libris 2021 and 2022 (Barcelona), Rocart 2021, Festival de Arte y Cultura (Peñiscola), Drap Art’21 (Barcelona), the Festival de Libro de Artista 2022, Centro Cultural La Bóbila (Hospitalet). Ilaria Sansotta’s works are an invitation to reflect on the delicate balance of Nature, which needs us to preserve it. At the same time, the use of the open book symbolises the creative process and the birth and development of ideas.
The work she presents is like a flower in a glass jar. The flower has been made using a cut book: the leaves of the flower have been obtained by folding the leather covers and the petals of the flower are the same open pages of the book. Opening a book gives birth to a flower, a story, a life. The earth and its mineral nutrients are also present in the bottle, as well as the sun’s rays, which descend like filaments from the cork stopper of the jar.
Nature is the elemental force of the world, sacred and eternally creative, which actively generates and produces all things from itself Alexander von Humboldt (Pioneer of ecological thinking and early writings on climate change).