Adelaide Cioni: On Patterns (exhibition catalogue essay)


Adelaide Cioni: On Patterns

Patterns are an awkward attempt to point towards infinity and nature, an act of foolish bravery in front of something huge.”
—Adelaide Cioni

What are patterns? How do they get rooted in our imagery? What do they tell us about ourselves and our relationship with nature, space, and infinity? How are they connected to music? Why do we find the same ones appearing in so many distant parts of the world? These are some of the questions that the new book Adelaide Cioni: On Patterns wants to explore. Cioni has investigated these themes in her practice through drawings, fabrics, performances, spatial installations, and collaborations with dancers and musicians. Produced on the occasion of Cioni’s first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom—Ab Ovo / On Patterns—at Mimosa House, London, the book aims to present the artist’s research. It follows five main threads in her work: nature, language, craft, abstraction, and movement.

Texts by Daria Khan, Jennifer Higgie, Ilaria Puri Purini, Jareh Das, Agnieszka Gratza, and Cecilia Canziani