“There is nothing more powerful
than listening to the stories of those who have loved
and said goodbye.”
(Barbara Sbrocca on her “Baci Sospesi” intallations&podcasts project – Photo by Ida DB)
For as long as I can remember,
I always felt the need of touching every curious surface I could lay my eyes on.
At the same time, I have always been fascinated by sounds, voices, and smells.
I rely very much on my senses, all seven of them,
to grasp the reality and the truth of the world around me.
This is why bi-dimensional media are not enough for me to express myself and be seen.
I want volumes to catch the light, I want textures to seduce the hands,
but at times I also work with sounds, words and time
to open the door of my world and let the people in.
Born in Campobasso in 1968 and based in Rome since 1976, I started my artistic path very young, but it was only in 2001, while living in Berkeley (CA), that I found my own voice as an artist and began my sculpture-painting career. Former copywriter and creative director in advertising, I worked mainly on 3d art since then, keeping my job as a freelancer for some more years and eventually, finally, devoting all my time to art. I currently live and work in Ostia (the seaside of Rome) Italy.
I explore the world of non-conscious images, mainly related to man-woman relationships and to the invisible dynamics that flow into human interactions. In my path, I have also worked with incredibly talented and worldwide-famous jazz musicians, exploring the deep connection between music and images (Enrico Pieranunzi, Stefania Tallini, Gabriele Mirabassi, Stefano Calderano).
My work has been exhibited in numerous national solo and group shows and has also been object of interest from prestigious Italian art magazines: Inside Art and Sofà.
Throughout my career, I explored several forms of expression, including: podcasting and writing, printmaking, jewelry creation (I established my own brand called Himbarossa) and interior designing (still active in this field).
I am the author of several publications. “Umano come me” (edited in 2007) is my first catalogue that includes a selection of paintings (2001-2007) and some of my poems.
In June 2020 I launched the “Baci Sospesi” (Suspended Kisses) project, a sculpture+podcast installation about the human transformative moments that come from deep, tormented love encounters and separations.
The project foresees a number of installations (similar in shape yet made with different materials in different sizes, placed in public spaces here in Italy and abroad, always nearby the water) and audio podcasts with the voices of people from all over the world telling about their love stories.
The first “Baci Sospesi” installation is a wood+steel three meters tall piece, inaugurated on the 29th of August 2020 on the seafront of Passoscuro, a village North of Rome. The first podcasts, recorded during the 2020 Covid19 lockdown, are accessible from here.
Due to the pandemic-related restrictions, the “Baci Sospesi” project is temporarily on hold.