Paola Bazz

Paola Bazz

Art and Creativity have always been a form of escapism and survival form, a kind of virtual world where to find peace. The Virtual/Digital and the Real/Physical are and have always been part of my practice.
I create 2d and 3d physical collages using paper that has been previously employed elsewhere like magazines, leaflets, advertising materials etc.. I always start with a digitally-made initial concept, that I then translate into physical pieces.
I use printed-paper because it is one of the mediums through which advertising and consumption messages are spread. The use of printed-paper is a way to emphasize the role that consumption has in the construction of our identity. We are what we buy and consumption functions as a way to create a sense of self. But consumption has an-illusory e momentary nature. As fashion, any product grows obsolete very quickly. Nothing lasts for long, everything is disposable. In the same way our identities are also temporary and changeable, in a state of continuous flux.
Figure and portrait has always been one of my favorite subjects. I like to depict people I don’t know – strangers. I use images of real people.Sometimes they are ordinary people taken from social media (Instagram, Pinterest), sometimes celebrities whose faces can be seen everywhere in countless photographs and stories.
They are portraits, as they represent a person looking directly at the viewer, but they mean more than that. They represent universal features of our cultural environment. They symbolize the kaleidoscope of constant and rapid changes in which nothing keeps its shape that characterizes our society. They give us vivid and constantly updated records on our culture.
They become abstract composition although the original image is always recognizable, making the viewer engage with matters beyond what is immediately visible and raising public awareness about the is sues-relating to our environment, our privacy and identity.

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