An Interview with Roberta Pizzorno.
Who and where are you from?
My name is Roberta Pizzorno, my roots are italian.
My mother’s family is originally from Florence, the art nest of the world.
I grew up in this eternal city. I studied languages in Switzerland and in reality I feel very much a citizen of the world. I lived in the Canary Islands, in Cairo, and then I moved in central Africa in Kenya, on the Indian Ocean.
What brought you to Art?
I remember the beautiful time spent with my granfather walking around Galleria degli Uffizi, in Florence one of the most important museum in the world and my grandfather’s favorite place. I was just a child and art entered in my world from the main entrance but at the age of 8 a terrible accident happened and my grandfather died, a part of me was froze and I did never draw again.
Around 35 years old, after work and family, I decided to take care of the part of me that for some reason had been injured and damaged since childhood. I felt a strong need to draw but at the same time a terrifying fear was paralyzing me and did not let me pick up a pencil without having tachycardia.
What is your driving force?
I really wanted to transform that strong emotion of fear into a creative and constructive energy as the alchemical transmutation of lead into gold.
As I turned 20 years of classical and contemporary dance into yoga and daily meditation, I try to trasmute the fear into space of consciousness.
What kind of work you do and why?
In my artwork I tell stories that are not tied to states of being, they are not self-referential, they contain profound messages that become original for each of us. They are advisors for use. Nutrient instruction booklets for a broader, wider and a brighter view of who we really are. The drawings tell it to me and I translate it for all those who have time and space to look and see.
A sort of communication of symbolic, abstract or evocative images.
They can be extended and amplified visions of mankind, of human frailty and resources. They can be suggestions for new opportunities or better behaviors. The themes are very varied but they spiral around a single Fulcrum: The mystery of life.
I like using black ink to cover white spaces but I also love watercolors so sensitive and snappish.
Tell us more about your thought process.
My next exhibition is at Museo Arti Visive Palazzo Collicola in Spoleto Umbria Italy. Opening during the Festival of Two Worlds 30th June 2018, is titled “Full of Emptiness”. It’s a state of mind or better a state of mindfullness that comes after many years of daily exercise. Not much to say, not much to think but just being fully present in the moment. Hic et nunc. Empty space of silence sound. The blank paper in front of me, no judgement, no expectations. I draw a little seed that start to be alive like a fertilized egg, winning more and more power from every breath I take.
Sometimes it happens to witness epiphany fulminating events that redraw the meaning of a path. These are extraordinary moments in which even if I am the author, I become a spectator and for a while I disappear, leaving room for revelation.
Please share with us the one modern artist whose work you find Interesting and why?
One artist? Only one?
Chromaticism, composition, aesthetics, balance, creativity, technique, inspiration, harmony, intention, beauty … there are so many artists that embody these energies!
If I could only save one artist from the end of the world? Than it has to be Nicola de Maria: His skies, stars and flowers, love and colors… Impossible survive without them.