Line VII, 2021 by Carolina Mazzolari

An Italian artist who resides in London, Mazzolari’s (b. 1981,Italy) artistic pursuits encompass a wide range of mediums, including textile manipulation, printing, painting, photography, video, and performance. Her creative inspiration draws from the realms of psychoanalysis, intuition, cognition, human behavior, and emotional development. Born in Milan in 1981, Mazzolari pursued her education at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano NABA from 1999 to 2001, and later at London’s Chelsea College of Art and Design (now UAL) from 2000 to 2004. Since 2014, she has been based in London, where she explores various artistic techniques, such as textile manipulation, painting, photography, video, and performance.

One of her ongoing projects is the “Fields” series, consisting of contemporary abstract tapestries that capture elusive states of the mind. These tapestries, resembling metaphorical inner landscapes, were initially inspired by Kurt Lewin’s field theory and Carl Jung’s writings. They are distinguished by their distinct gray hand-stitched exoskeleton, which interacts with light, producing dynamic depths and luminous illusions. Each of these maps is meticulously hand-embroidered and hand-dyed or painted. Mazzolari’s artwork enjoys international recognition, with her videos and early tapestries even finding a permanent home in the MONA museum in Tasmania, Hobart.

Marina Warner aptly describes Mazzolari’s work as follows: “While the tapestries and mixed media pieces contribute to the feminist narrative, the textile creations also carry forward a distinct avant-garde tradition, grappling with the challenge of visualizing inner emotional states. Mazzolari’s ‘Emotional Field’ artifacts manifest those elusive states of the mind, with figures like ‘Isis’ and ‘Pan’ emerging as textured apparitions— portraits—in a world inhabited by otherworldly beings.”

Line VII, 2021
Mixed media
80h x 45w x 5d cm

ESTIMATE: USD 5,000 – USD 10,000

ESTIMATE: SEK 56,000 – SEK 111,000