Bella Hunt & DDC

Italian-American duo born in the 1980s

Behind the simple and falsely naive forms of Bella Hunt & DDC hides the possibility of a society different from ours. This would be based on a greater coexistence between beings, great humility
and respect for vernacular traditions, for an environmentally friendly future. After having produced pottery whose natural pigments were incorporated a fresco in a mixture of lime, the American-Italian duo is now gaining momentum, with bronze works and more architectural sculptures. Their practice remains however – this detail counts – on a human scale. Their works speak of a past (or even a future?) Common to all of humanity. Bowls, arches and primitive shapes punctuate their production. A medievalist trait is felt at Bella Hunt & DDC. Like the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood, from which they borrow their surnames [1], the two artists refer to a world before perspective, to a pre-modern world whose race for progress was not the main story. However, their dynamic differs from that of the anti-industrialization movements of the 19th century: Bella Hunt & DDC do not refuse progress, but propose that it be exceeded. Stop at Ancient Mystic I, a double-sided arc, a Romanesque and a pseudo-Phoenician-Egyptian.
Enjoy it simply, without planning anything. Admit it, Bella Hunt & DDC let you once again feel the thrill of emotion produced by the discovery of an object patiently made by a past civilization: this thrill lost long ago in contact with the manufactured objects of our daily life.

Charlotte Cosson & Emmanuelle Luciani

[1] Bella plays with the name of William Hunt, DDC – for Dante di Calce or Dante de la Chaux – refers to Dante Gabriele Rossetti, the most trecentist of the movement