her debut New York solo exhibition, Amalia Piccinini will
create a wall-to-floor conceptual installation comprising
abstract paintings on canvas, works on paper, and other objects.
Piccinini’s work evokes an enigmatic personal world
based on visions of herself as an artist living in a big place,
a studio where “ I walk through the corridor and each
room is a different silent site. In reality I always lived
in tiny rooms and made paintings in tiny, limited spaces.
But I believe anything is possible and everything can exist
if one is visionary”.
The dark and the bright paintings are simulacra of natural
phenomena. They are entropic colors located between the liminal
spaces of presence and absence, flux and stasis, chaos and
order. And like the mysterious dark matter, the bright night
sky or the spark of light, each canvas is an emotional window
of reality and meaning. Piccinini strips down color to its
bare essentials to create a space and environment where
characters are rendered visible through the exhibited objects:
the chair, the table and the books. Each element of the collective
vocabularies of art and life becomes part and parcel of what
the artist calls an “interior rebus”. As part
of that vision, she adds “The drawer can’t be
opened because the furniture is facing the opposite side.
Perhaps, many unexpected memories, sensations, and all connections
to the subconscious will be triggered.” In a way, it
is self-autopsy, a semiotic process of peeling away layers
to unveil hidden meanings and truths. Indeed, the installation
contains a sense of enigma, a presence, as if Piccinini is
always in the room. She could be somewhere reading in a white
chair or writing a very short thought or observing people
from a corner. In Wearing the Silence, Piccinini reveals an
interest in pushing the material and the psychological boundaries
of her art.
Amalia Piccinini was born in 1974 in Italy and studied painting
at the Academy of Fine Arts, Macerata City. She moved to New
York in 2005 where she studied abstract painting at the Art
Students League of New York.
Wearing the Silence is curated by Mariano Del Rosario, a New
York artist, writer, and an independent curator.