An exhibition by the Italian contemporary jewellery artist
ANNAMARIA ZANELLA exhibition
“TRA MATERIA E COLORE / BETWEEN MATERIAL AND COLOUR”
was on display at the San Rocco Oratorio in Padua, Italy.
Contemporary jewellery by the artist and 16th-century murals that depict the life of San Rocco complement each other wonderfully.
The most complex aspect of setting up an exhibition based on Annamaria Zanella priceless work, has indeed been, the selection of some pieces of art and to pinpointing them to a satisfying exhibiting criteria. Hence, i did not wanted to do a classical anthology by presenting the works in a strict, both cronological and typological order, but i , otherwise preferred to give strength to Forms, to Matters and above all, to Colours, by creating some sort of rooms, rooms filled with thoughts, in which a subtle thematic, binds together the pieces of art , blending well either, the chromatic and the formal aspect and by the fact of communicating with one another too.
Born in Padua, Italy, in 1966, Annemaria Zanella began her personal and artistic work at the Selvatico Institute of Fine Arts in Padua in 1987.
The idea of jewellery came as a necessity for communication with the outside world – my jewellery reflects the events of my life.
I capture the highlights, just as photographers do. My emotions, thoughts and experiences have crystallized in the jewellery I create.
Emotions come from the people I meet, the trips I take, the things I read in the newspaper or books… everything transforms into the shapes and colors of my artwork.
Annamaria Zanella in the art world is called the jewel. Each work in the exhibition is like an artist’s personal life page, where the artist’s creativity is exhibited using materials such as iron, plastic, glass, burnt wood, various pigments and oxides.
She also uses “precious metals” and “precious stones”. Iron that looks like gold, paper that looks like lazurite, aluminum that looks like a sea sponge, broken pieces of glass that have the same light and brilliance as gemstones.
It is hard to explain how my jewellery comes into from, in sublimation to the environment – sometimes it comes to me in complete emptiness when I drive home in the countryside, I suddenly see Andrea Palladium (1508 – 1580) villa, old wooden door, rain-washed and wind-blown advertising posters, or colorful fruit baskets on the Padua market.
The development of the idea of an artwork is a long internal process that is reflects suddenly – in complete silence, my thoughts and feelings and everything in my head just comes into shape. I sketch, draw, write things down on various pieces of paper that sometimes look like chaos, but it is from these thoughts that the collection comes.
Colors are emotions. I cannot imagine jewellery without colors, without enamel, without pigment. The color of the metal itself is cold, but oxidized iron creates a wonderful unity and color scheme. I love the color of rust, and I find the blue color transcendental. I made the ultramarine blue pigment according to recipes from the 14th century; very finely crushed in porcelain mortar while adding natural binders (egg yolk, honey). This is a kind of combined alchemy between modern materials (steel cloth, titanium, iron) and a mineral that resembles the depths of the sky and the sea.
The artist’s jewellery cannot be counted as representing the classic adornment theory – aesthetics that is not smoothly polished 2X2.
Some of the artworks are provocative, some are beautiful, and some give tremendous energy. Their main job is not to decorate the body – the artist invites you to go deeper and create a dialogue / communication, both between the wearer and the artwork, and the wearer and the viewer.
Annemaria Zanella graduated from the Istituto Statale d’Arte Pietro Selvatico in the metal and jewellery department. She studied sculpture at the Fachhochschule für Gestaltung in Hochschule Pforzheim and at the Venice Academy of Art.
The artist’s work has been featured in prestigious international art collections in the United States and has been exhibited at various international exhibitions around the world.