Cyrilla Mozenter

Wednesday 4 October 2017 at 6.30 pm
Tram Diogene
Corso Regio Parco X Corso Verona, Turin

Diogene presents the third event of “The Unseen”, a new project aimed at investigating and showcasing the research and production of knowledge that is inherent in every artist’s work. That creative core that remains hidden, underground, and that is yet vital, essential for the final artistic outcome.
Focusing on artistic research as the keystone of making art, The Unseen follows every artist involved in exploring his/her creative breeding ground, made of books, pictures, personal objects, and documents the process.
Each event comprises a sort of confession in which the artist does away with the rigid system of the conventional presentation of his/her work.
The third artist who has been invited to display his work in this form is Cyrilla Mozenter.

“I have approached the theme of process in art making with a retrospective view. I wanted to find what remains consistent throughout my 50 years of making work through a succession of bodies of work, materials, techniques, seemingly different approaches—and results. I have also looked back at my own art education, art historical movements, and artists of the past whose processes have influenced my own. It has been a search for meaning and essentiality. I will present a range of objects as evidence of my process through different bodies of work. I will also show images and discuss examples of work I have made in drawing, installation, books, sculpture, and wall work with such materials as charcoal, paper, soap, fruit pits, thread, cardboard, beeswax, wooden ice cream spoons, industrial wool felt, and language in various forms. I have also attempted to find relationships between these essential processes and basic definitions of art. How do we understand the job of being an artist? I will be presenting my research”. (Cyrilla Mozenter)

The Unseen is a project resulting from a collaboration started in 2016 between Progetto Diogene and a group of Turin-based artists (Alice Benessia, Michela De Petris, Giulia Gallo, Silvia Margaria, Enrico Partengo, Elena Tortia, and Arianna Uda), who were involved in past events organised by the association. These artists were invited to each work autonomously on a new project to present at the Tram as part of Progetto Diogene’s 2017 programme. 


Cyrilla Mozenter is a New York artist working in drawing and sculpture. Her primary materials are industrial wool felt and paper. Her work makes frequent reference to the writings of Gertrude Stein, with whom she feels to be in collaboration. Solo exhibitions include the failed utopian at Lesley Heller Workspace (NY), warm snow: Sculpture in Two and Three-Dimensions at Garrison Art Center (Garrison, NY), warm snow at Adam Baumgold Gallery (NY), More saints seen at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield, CT), Cuts and Occasions at Dieu Donné Papermill (NY), Very well saint at The Drawing Center (NY), Undercurrent at Espaço Cultural Municipal Sérgio Porto (Rio de Janeiro), and Secret Ears at BAM (Brooklyn). She has received two fellowships from NYFA and two project grants from The Fifth Floor Foundation. Her work is in numerous public collections including the BrooklynMuseum and the Yale University Art Gallery. She taught in the MFA program at Pratt Institute.