Artist Obsession: Paola Pivi

Artist Obsession, Contemporary Women Artists, Mixed Media

This is so cool.

I came across this awesome pearl-encrusted canvas on Tumblr (I find all sorts of neat shit on tumblr) and was absolutely captivated. I love how it seems to explode out from the wall but in a way that is completely refined and subdued. Pearls are such an innovative medium to work with and I love how they are used here. I also love how this is a sculpture that is kind of pretending to be a painting.Paola Pivi Pearls

When I looked further into Paola Pivi and her work, I was surprised to find that nothing else she has been doing lately is nearly this subtle. It’s all bright and big and crazy. Neon colors and strange large-scale installation pieces. Still really cool but really different. I debated splitting this into multiple posts (and maybe I will still write more later) but I thought I should include some of her recent weird stuff.

The Bears: they are massive neon taxidermy bears that have been arranged in little gallery scenes. Yep. Paola Pivi Bears

The Machine: This is an installation piece which shoots out money at gallery-goers which is a pretty interesting concept. A little intimidating though…Paola Pivi Machine

I’m so glad I came across Paola Pivi and I am definitely going to keep tabs on her to see what she’ll do next. And definitely check out her website. It’s lots of fun.

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