Il volume è una guida all’arte dello scultore Emo Formichi, il quale emerge in tutta la sua sapienza, antica e moderna, di artista e di uomo. Le fotografie di Tamajano e il film di Francesco Faralli ne approfondiscono la storia, la lunga e operosa vita, l’attaccamento al lavoro.
“Con la fantasia e l’estro della sua invenzione”, ha scritto Mario Luzi, “Emo ricuce il mondo naturale che gli è profondamente familiare con il mondo artificiale della tecnica e del consumo. Potremmo anzi sostenere che reintegra i frammenti e i rottami degli oggetti fabbricati dall’uomo in un loro principio e archetipo nel senso della natura”.
Tamajano and Francesco Faralli, two true artists of the image, the authors of this dual work, are splendid guides leading us to a full understanding of the sculptor Emo Formichi, his technique, his ancient and modern wisdom as both artist and man; and the story of his long, diligent, hard-working life. His unswerving perseverance in work, day after day, without a break. I have worked, that’s all, I’ve never had time to count the time.
Tamajano with an astonishing series of photographs, Faralli with a fascinating, informative documentary film where Emo narrates his life story with spontaneous irony, met with him in his workshop, reminiscent of the great “botteghe” of fifteenth-century Tuscany, and followed him as he wandered, like a perceptive diviner, to Pienza and the Val d’Orcia. As he goes, Emo ceaselessly hunts for the most varied objects to be discovered in city dumps and car scrapping sites – places notoriously delegated to receive everything that contemporary consumer society throws away too quickly: parts of engines and car bodies, farm machinery, such familiar objects as forks, spoons and anything else deemed useful by his fertile imagination. I take objects and breathe life into them.