Light and brightness are one’s first impressions on entering Room No. 104: in his Hermaphrodite Chamber of Wonders the artist Andrea Fogli has created a multilayered, complex experience of space in which all elements are mutually interrelated. In his work Fogli exploits all mediums: drawing, painting, embroidery etc.
The lustre of a breathtaking silver wall fills the room, upon which the artist has marked star constellations with pearls, with the outlines of the nymphs a little less evident.
Fogli plays with twelve outline drawings of the hermaphrodite in the manner of Antonio Canova (Italian sculptor) and stylised world maps on the bedspread, the headboard and in the illuminated mirror. Two drawings in which Fogli depicts nymphs are placed over the desk. The lilac-coloured reading chair provides an interesting contrast in the room.
A perfect patina or pernickety shining? Quite a dilemma. In any case, on presenting his work to the hotel he also left a bottle of silver cleaner – just in case.