“Memento Rosas” – Andrew Marsh & Feral Fagiola

Steel, iron
10’h x 10’w x 10’d

From the artists:

Infusions of process, energy, and spirit drive this compulsive and guttural artwork, a memorial arising from psychic and bodily challenges, incorporating apocalyptical and anatomical visuals, and invoking darker fixations. Rosas is an acknowledgement of perseverance in spite of damage, a resilient fragment of nature framed within the weight of industrial decay. Harsh and refined elements reflect on the nature of survival, personal tragedy, and organic adaptation while reflecting on the industrialization of our natural world.As a tribute to the loved and lost, Memento Rosas celebrates the torment of healing.

The sculpture is a memorial to Marsh’s brother, Tim, built by Feral and Andrew in 2016 at the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, TN. The three roses serve as a memento mori, a reminder that we all die, but also a provocation that WE ALL LIVE!! Feral and Marsh’s collaborative work inspires others to flourish as imbalances in justice perpetuate, challenges to survival escalate, and crises in climate accelerate.

Artist bios:

Andrew Marsh makes beautiful and terrifying art exploring sacrifice and reward in the face of severe chronic pain. Through Lucky 7 Arts, LLC, he combines cast iron, welded steel, and chainsaw carved wood into large scale sculptures at BLDG 15 Studios, which he founded with Feral Fagiola in Louisville, KY. He was artist in residence at City Museum in St. Louis after earning his MFA at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (‘01) and BFA at the University of Kentucky (‘95). His work has appeared in over 250 group and solo exhibitions, collections, installations, and events. Marsh is assistant director for Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research and program officer for the Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy at the University of Louisville. He serves as chair of the board of directors and executive officer for Josephine Sculpture Park, is a contributing artist at Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum, and co-chaired the 2017 & 2019 National Conferences on Contemporary Cast Iron Art & Practices.

Feral Fagiola (all pronouns) is a multimedia artist exploring desire, power, and fetish through industrial processes and materials. Their sculptural objects, installations, and performances fantasize erotic possibilities through ritual and material transformation. Feral received their MFA in Visual Art from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2021. Their exhibitions include the Atlanta Beltline Exhibition, Studio C Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, Helmuth Projects in San Diego, CA, and the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, TN. Feral won the International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award in 2020 and served on the Steering Committees for the 2017 & 2019 National Conferences on Contemporary Cast Iron Art & Practices. They are a contributing artist at Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum in Solsberry, IN and Atlanta Metal Arts. Feral is currently Artist in Residence at BLDG 15 Studios in the Henry Vogt Industrial Commons in Louisville, KY.

Artist website: https://www.lucky7arts.com/
Instagram: @lucky.7arts (Andrew Marsh); @feral__kitty (Feral Fagiola)