A five-pointed star made of iron and aluminum leans on the wall at eye level. It is pierced under its left arm by a javelin, and the bottommost arm on the right rests on a miner’s lamp; the only two forces holding the star upright.
Gilberto Zorio was fascinated by alchemy and gave it a role in art. The star, in particular, has manifold associations with elemental, cosmic, mystical, or political agency, and ultimately, the star, is a vibrant representation of energy. Corresponding also to an alchemist’s pentagram, the symbol of the star evokes five elements: air, fire, earth, water, and spirit. This ties in with the human spirit, as the star symbol is proportionately comparable to the human body with arms and legs outstretched, not unlike Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Vitruvian Man.’ All-encompassing evocation of humanity and alchemy, Zorio’s star can lastly be interpreted as a nod to the primordial being, with a javelin clutched in hand and illuminated by the light of reason. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀