Italian artist based in London
Her practice involves textile manipulation, printing, painting, photography, video, and performance.
Mazzolari’s work is inspired by psychoanalysis, intuition, cognition, human behavior, and emotional development.
Mazzolari (b. 1981 Milan)
Mazzolari studied at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano NABA (1999 – 2001) and at London’s Chelsea College of Art and Design now UAL (2000 – 04). Based in London since 2014, Mazzolari works using all textile manipulations, painting, photography, video, and performance. Her ongoing series of contemporary abstract tapestries, the Fields, are the materialization of elusive states of mind. A depiction of metaphorical inner landscapes, these were initially inspired by Kurt Lewin’s field theory and Carl Jung’s scripts. They have a distinctive grey Hand-stitch exoskeleton that interacts with light, creating changing depths and luminous illusions. All maps are hand-embroidered and hand-dyed\painted. Her work is being showcased internationally and both her videos and early tapestries are in the permanent collection of the MONA museum, Tasmania, Hobart.
“While the tapestries and the mixed media works belong in this feminist story, the textile pieces also continue a different strand of the avant-garde, engaging in the struggle to find a way of visualizing inner states. Mazzolari’s Emotional Field artefacts are the materialisation of elusive states of mind; the figures of “Isis” and “Pan” are textured apparitions – portraits – in this world of otherworldly beings.” —Marina Warner