Giulia Piscitelli. Coca-Cola, 2015. Bleach on Velvet 108 x 54 3/4 inches.
Born 1965 in Naples, Italy. Lives and works in Naples.
Giulia Piscitelli explores the paradoxical aspects of contemporary living through a diverse selection of media ranging from drawing, video, painting, photography, and performance. Her artwork, often full of humor and sometimes marked by a note of melancholy, reflects on the clash between the political dimension and subjectivity through themes of memory, the passing of time, corporeality, and illness.
Often the objects and materials that Piscitelli uses in her work—such as books, textiles, and old clothes—are those found or collected over many years. Piscitelli embraces the prosaic by embalming, erasing, restoring, and revisiting everyday objects and in the process imbues them with alternative meanings. Through this process Piscitelli meditates upon the complex relationship between labor, subjectivity, and gender, often making reference to symbols found within in her Italian cultural history and often with a pointed relation to masonry or, more generally, to ‘work’. Within these processes Piscitelli often inserts her own presence, emphasizing the tension between mundane action and its alienation from the ‘correct’ context.