Pia Pizzo (1937 - 2021)
Since the early seventies Pia's research led her to a continual exploration of the book as an Art form.
In her books or pages the tactile values of the materials are found in each and every sheet of paper that is torn and worked upon with patient care to feel its textures, its porosity, the very tissue of its surface.
In her non-books, or rather the non-readable books, she contemplated as an extension of the perspective of both mind and memory, set out to recount a happening, a journey through the pages. The page is therefore the chosen setting for any hypothetical adventure you may embark upon or any hypothetical message you may be seeking: the blank page thus represents the virgin void of mental space.
The sequence of the pages, which act as filters/screens of an unidentifiable complex machinery, unfolds with kinetic rhythm as you turn the pages. These books become the arena within which to unwind your mind rather than the stage for grasping codified messages.
Pia's tearing of the paper was never the outcome of an aggressive approach, rather, it occured from studied feeling and touching, from physical contact with both the material and reality at the same time, a step towards thinking again in tactile terms.
Symbols and diagrams are sometimes used to explain, through the golden proportions and sacred geometry, the relationships that exist within Human Nature and the Universe. The mythical representation of the Symbols represent the many complex aspects of reality.
"The Symbol is the psychological mechanism that goes beyond limitations, as a tool to transform Energy." — C.G.Jung: On Psychic Energy.
"When I start to work is an empty space, a void, and I search how to balance form with emptiness. The shapes are so integrally related to his empty space giving the feeling of marvelous Void. Void is a dynamic entity.
The Non-Books and pages without words or images are focused on the light and shadows created in the empty spaces of their construction. The works are composed with natural light, which cause the pieces to vibrate as the light change through the course of the day. As well as the awareness of the unknown phantoms of exploration, my Art demands the music of silence."
— Pia Pizzo