Marina Elia

As an artist, Marina wants her work to communicate with peoples personal experiences and common issues, iterating with their feelings allowing the viewer to face and relate their concerns with her installations and understand her perspective through alive artworks. 

During her final year, her research was first based on human’s emotions and inner desires, allowing the realistic portraitures of artist Scott Rohlfs to inspire her. Her photography and editing skills were part of her experimentation, iterating with the real world around her and questioning them about personal experiences and the meaning of attachment. Throughout her investigation she realised that medine pills are most commonly used by humans in their daily lives nowadays. Using her most desired process of casting, her project was gradually building on that, using certain addictive medicines and transforming them into ordinary objects. Artist Damien Hirst and Beverly Fishman became the main characters of her story, with their masterpieces encountering her about the way of displaying. Her creation of a 3D oversized printed pill was the source of her final piece, applying it as a mould for her casts. 

Her final installation consists of nine oversized well-made casted pills, aligned in order, making viewers feel that they enter in a pharmaceutical factory. The surprising dimensions illustrate their importance in peoples lives, reflecting their connection with the pharmaceutical industry and classifying them as everyday items. She supports that these tablets are impossible to take, symbolising the way medication not only treat but also define illness, with the title of her work, “Through sick-health”.