Aristotle described the Octopus as a stupid creature, but it is instead the brightest of the molluscs and it is comparable to a mammal for its intelligence. It is able to get out of a maze, to handle tools, to find and learn solutions in the face of unexpected events. It practices cannibalism and has been an archetypal image of consciousness since ancient times.
When it hits the predator with the black ink cloud it looks like a dancer. It is as elegant as the gestures of the expert hand that ties the tie.
For artist Leonardo Petrucci, the masculine beauty of the mollusc becomes a motif to be embroidered with the design, a texture, a visual mantra interrupted only by the ink jet, unique for each tie, for each predator.
A project curated by Giuliana Benassi