The Mental Habits

The "Mental Habits" are works in medieval canvas, red cloth and black cotton thread, used for performances and installations conceived by Franca Maranò.

The first exhibition was held at the Centrosei gallery in Bari on Saturday 12 March 1977.

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"In the mid-seventies, a succession of events, such as the feminist movement and a certain male attitude, led me to revise the terms of my research, also in order to satisfy my need to operate outside the culture of privilege and with no more links of connection with the codes of the already done and with the traditional pictorial means.

As if to provoke an invitation to reflect on certain conditions, I resorted to needle, thread and canvas and from then on, I continued my work with these new means, out of the felt need for a creative freedom aimed at recovering meanings. that appeared lost.

Over time, my speech has acquired a greater human density and, due to a process that has developed from the inside out, my work has become wearable and has taken on a specific sign of identity with the realization of the mental habit. behavioral. "

(Franca Maranò, 1983)

Mental Habit

 

Dimensions:

244 x 122 cm

 

Medium:

Medieval canvas, red pano, cotton thread

 

Description:

The dress in this case is characterized by a double cloth with side openings to put the arms in and an opening at the top center for the head. The canvas is characterized by the presence of 4 rectangles of 31 x 28 cm formed on the rectangles are applied squares of

9 x 9 cm characterized by an asterisk written in pencil.

Mental Habit

 

Dimensions:

246 x 124 cm

 

Medium:

Medieval canvas, red pano, cotton thread

 

Description:

The dress in this case is characterized by a double cloth with side openings, to put the arms in and a central top opening for the head. The canvas is characterized by the presence of 6 red squares 16x16 on which as many squares of 9x9 cm have been applied to form a geometric composition of a rhombus inscribed in a square. Pencil lines have been drawn inside the rhombuses. The various squares are sewn onto the canvas with black cotton thread.

 

Mental Habit

 

Dimensions:

248 x 117 cm

 

Medium:

Medieval canvas and black cotton thread

 

 

Mental Habit

Dimensions:

240 x 120 cm

 

Medium:

Medieval canvas, black cotton thread

 

Description:

The dress is characterized by a double cloth with side openings to put the arms in and an upper central opening for the head. The canvas is characterized by the presence of 6 rectangles of 28x30 cm formed by the folding of the same canvas and sewn with black cotton thread.

Prototype for Mental Habit

 

Dimensions:

114 x 58 cm

 

Medium:

Medieval canvas, red cloth, black cotton thread, pencil, chalk and white color

 

Description:

The dress in this case is characterized by a double cloth with side openings to put the arms in and an upper central opening for the head. The canvas is characterized by the presence of a central cut from which a rose in red cloth comes out and a hand of medieval canvas treated with chalk and white color. The edges of the dress are held like a curtain on the right and left with black cotton threads. The dress is fixed on a sheet of plywood and is protected by a plexiglass plate.

Prototype for Mental Habit

 

Dimensions:

70 x 42 cm

 

Medium:

Medieval canvas, black cotton thread

 

Description:

Mental dress project (18 quadrangular openings 9 per side of which 9 each have an open flap sewn with a black wool thread). The work is incorporated in a wooden frame.

Participation to

K18-STOFFWECHSEL

19 June - 28 September 1982

KASSEL, Germany

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Abito Mentale  Franca Marano

Mental Habit

Dimensions:

240 x 120 cm

 

Medium:

Medieval canvas, black cotton thread

 

Description:

The dress is characterized by a double cloth with side openings to put the arms in and an upper central opening for the head. The canvas is characterized by the presence of 6 rectangles of 28x30 cm formed by the folding of the same canvas and sewn with black cotton thread.

Abito Mentale

Mental Habit

Dimensions:

240 x 120 cm

 

Medium:

Medieval canvas, black cotton thread

 

Description:

The dress is characterized by a double cloth with side openings to put the arms in and an upper central opening for the head. The canvas is characterized by the presence of 6 rectangles of 28x30 cm formed by the folding of the same canvas and sewn with black cotton thread.

Abito Mentale  Franca Marano

Mental Habit

Dimensions:

240 x 120 cm

 

Medium:

Medieval canvas, black cotton thread

 

Description:

The dress is characterized by a double cloth with side openings to put the arms in and an upper central opening for the head. The canvas is characterized by the presence of 6 rectangles of 28x30 cm formed by the folding of the same canvas and sewn with black cotton thread.

Abito Mentale

Mental Habit

Dimensions:

240 x 120 cm

 

Medium:

Medieval canvas, black cotton thread

 

Description:

The dress is characterized by a double cloth with side openings to put the arms in and an upper central opening for the head. The canvas is characterized by the presence of 6 rectangles of 28x30 cm formed by the folding of the same canvas and sewn with black cotton thread.

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Mental Habit

Dimensions:

240 x 120 cm

 

Medium:

Medieval canvas, black cotton thread

 

Description:

The dress is characterized by a double cloth with side openings to put the arms in and an upper central opening for the head. The canvas is characterized by the presence of 6 rectangles of 28x30 cm formed by the folding of the same canvas and sewn with black cotton thread.

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Mental Habit

Dimensions:

240 x 120 cm

 

Medium:

Medieval canvas, black cotton thread

 

Description:

The dress is characterized by a double cloth with side openings to put the arms in and an upper central opening for the head. The canvas is characterized by the presence of 6 rectangles of 28x30 cm formed by the folding of the same canvas and sewn with black cotton thread.

The following image gallery contains the complete list of Franca Maranò's "Mental Dresses". The images are not yet all available in high resolution as this process is still ongoing. Click on the selected image to enlarge it and access the details of the work.
The following image gallery contains the complete list of Franca Maranò's "Mental Dresses". The images are not yet all available in high resolution as this process is still ongoing. Click on the selected image to enlarge it and access the details of the work.
 

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