Opuntia ficus-indica or Nopal, native to Mexico, is a survival plant that Angela Marzullo uses symbolically in FICA DE BARBARIA. Makita, cultivates the knowledge of this species, the prickly pear – fica in popular Latin expresses both the fig tree and the female sex. In the past, this plant was used to delimit territorial plots. As for the feminist slogans written in cochineal red on fig trees, they come from a mainly female parasite of the same name (Coccoidea), feeding on prickly pear trees. The insect produces carminic acid to protect it from predatory insects. Carminic acid can be extracted from the insect’s body and eggs to make an expensive red colored dye, scarlet or cochineal carmine. An ambiguous, even double color, if this color is often associated with blood, hell and lust, it animates above all passionate feelings as well positive as negative: love and anger, sensuality and sexuality or courage and danger… Energetic, penetrating and incisive, this color is like Angela Marzullo and her double.
420 x 310 cm, construction tarp, Polyvinyl Chloride
Galerie Nicola von Senger, 2019, Zürich
la rada, spazio per l’arte contemporanea, Locarno, 2019
love ArtisteDici,, Genève, 2020
Photo Sandra Pointe