Sculpture of Book & Face
A Merger of Literature & Art, Book & Human
• For many years Paola Grizi has produced incredible sculptures of faces that seem to emerge from the pages of books. Whether sculpted in terracotta or cast in bronze, she subtly manipulates the compositions to evoke emotion. These mysterious faces seem to appear from the ether, sometimes casting a meditative gaze and at other times lacking any eyes at all.
• The works of Paola Grizi are highly contemplative. There are many possible interpretations. On one side there is the conceptual and rational sphere (the book); On the opposite the intuitive and tactile part (the face). Communication occurs mainly through emotions and moods rather than being didactic and rational.
• The pages of the books appear to get thinner as the “paper” flips and folds to create new dynamic compositions. Interestingly, her focus on these literary pieces of art recalls her own passion for the written word—Grizi studied Classics and Italian Literature, even working as a journalist and editor prior to focusing on her art career.
• The faces emerge seamlessly from flows of thoughts, that sometimes go in different directions, between the pages full of characters expressed in a language that can be understood intuitively only by the unconscious.
• Paola Grizi skillfully manipulates her mediums of choice, with her sculptures continually evolving into more complex pieces of architecture. The artwork of Paola Grizi celebrates the artistic creation. Eyes, faces, hands appear through the pages of her bronze book-sculptures, making them alive, and questioning the public about their stories. Inspiration fills the pages with illegible characters keeping the mystery and allowing the dream to go on.
A Worldwide Known Italian Sculptor
• Paola Grizi first became interested in art while she was still a child, mentored by her grandfather who was a famous Italian painter and sculptor. She studied Classics in high school and earned her degree in Italian Literature with first-class honors. After that, Paola Grizi embarked on a career in journalism, at the same time spending time on her art, working heavily with clay.
• Among many prizes, Paola Grizi won the 3rd Biannual International Ceramic Contest of Ascoli Piceno; and she was invited twice in 2014 and 2015 by the Chinese Chanchun Municipality to represent Italy in the China Changchun International Ceramics Symposiums. She also won the Special Public Award at the 35th CICA International Competition de L’Alcora in Spain and then went on to serve on the jury of the same contest in 2016. Additionally she was chosen by the Pontifical Gregorian University in collaboration with the Kunst-Station of Köln in Germany for a Contemporary art project in the Church of Saint Peter, along with eleven other international artists.
• Art Thema HéYī is the gallery in Belgium permenantly prensenting the latest works of Paola Grizi.
Our main exhibitions :
2022: London Art Fair, London, England
2022: "Horizon", group exhibition, Art Thema Héyī Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
2021: "Face & Paper", group exhibition, Art Thema Héyī Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
2021: "Timeless", group exhibition, Art Thema Héyī Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
2021: "Blooming", group exhibition, Art Thema HéYī Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
2021: "Together", group exhibition, Art Thema HéYī Gallery, Brussels, Belgium