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George A. Miller Visiting Artist Patrizia Polese: "The Art of Thread as a Common Language"

Event Type
College of Fine & Applied Arts; Siebel Center for Design; School of Art & Design Visitors Committee; European Union Center; Center for Advanced Study
KAM 62, 500 E Peabody Dr, Champaign, IL 61820
Sep 21, 2023   6:00 pm  
Chiara Vincenzi
Originating Calendar
European Union Center Events

In this talk, Polese will discuss her creative process and the critical role of art in addressing contemporary issues. Through an exploration of the historical influence of thread, weaving, and tapestries, alongside cultural shifts in 20th-century Europe and Italy, the discussion will emphasize the importance of understanding materials and cultural traditions in art creation. Polese will share her journey from two-dimensional to three-dimensional art forms, including site-specific installations that foster viewer interaction and immersive experiences. The talk will also underscore art’s potential for social interaction and therapy, addressing emotional pain, nurturing resilience, and driving positive societal change towards a more sustainable life.

About the Artist:

Patrizia Polese, an Italian artist, specializes in contemporary tapestry and weaving. She has extensive experience in artistic and architectural restoration, and knowledge in ancient materials and techniques. Since 2001, Polese has received invitations to exhibit her work from leading organizations and institutions in the international contemporary textile art scene.

Through her art, Polese seek to raise awareness about the profound connection between the self and the environment, emphasizing how individual perception influences the composition and interconnectedness of all things. Her research for innovative materials drives her to confront environmental and social sustainability challenges.

Polese is a weaving and textile design instructor at various educational institutions, including Iuav University in Venice and the Academy of Fine Arts in Udine. She also collaborates with fashion and textile design companies. She conducts thematic workshops for international organizations such as Dynamo Camp’s Resilience Project_Interlaced, museums, and schools, promoting the use of art as a means for social and personal growth. Her work appears in notable contemporary art magazines and international exhibition catalogs and books, including ArteMorbida and L’art du Fil by Gallimard-France.

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