"A journey of candid, prickly self-reflection that eventually resolves itself in a process of healing and forgiveness—a rebirth of sorts." Lens Culture
“Children born in troubled families can carry the unfair burdens of shame and guilt. The fear of this personal history being exposed can estrange, the fear of rejection can cripple; experiencing loss seems to make people fear it more than anything. This is why it can be so empowering for people to face this fear and come into the open with their personal histories.” GUP Magazine
Made over the course of 10 years, ‘Oyster is a visual diary compiled by Marzocchi as clues to understand his absent parents. At times bordering on frustration and violence, his images express his search for a ‘culprit’, a cause for his dysfunctional childhood environment. Using archival and original imagery, the artist ransacks the past to build a presence in a process of forgiving and letting go, as a quest to find love and healing. Marzocchi had reevaluate his whole family history from the point of view of an adult. And close a circle. Like an Ouroboros.
“This work represents my experience in recovering and understanding my parents, their life and their relationship with me. I never knew them well because they split when I was 6 years old, and they both died young. Drugs, addictions, jail and dysfunctional environment, these were constant elements. This work is focused on dealing with and replacing all the doubts and fears that I had. Exorcising the pain and searching for love.” Marco Marzocchi
The "Ouroboros" is an important symbol to Marco and his work. It relates to evolution. To being reborn. The influence of his parents on his life and how it reflects back to the way he views his parents. To Marzocchi, everything is connected. The symbol guided many of the design concepts presented in ‘Oyster’. every book connects to each other. There are 480 different covers. Every snake is a cover of a book and the back cover of the next. Turning the 480 books into a singular piece. ‘Oyster’ is a 84 page Leporello book. This form allows the reader to have a free and non linear read of the publication. It allows a circular reading. Again, an Ouroboros.