about

—Anna Rierola
F: © Andrea Guermani
—Anna Rierola
F: © Andrea Guermani
—Anna Rierola
F: © Andrea Guermani

 

My work is a response to what I experience when diving into the world of scientifically-made images. These visions awake my innate concerns about how and why the universe works and the final sense of it.

This kind of perception challenges, inspiring an aesthetic response that lights up new mental paths. In spite of my legal background, I have matured and developed my notions by attending conferences and specialized seminars. My master’s degree in contemporary art and aesthetics gave me the opportunity to reflect deeply on the bridges between science and art and inspired a quite recent turn in my life: to devote my time to work with, explore and interpret scientific imagery.

Scientific images connect me with the beauty, complexity, and mystery of the universe but also places me at the heart of a cosmic silence and a personal precariousness.

The close and generous collaboration with Investigation and Research Institutes and various scientists have provided me with a fertile field for creativity and knowledge, and the possibility to select and collect images captured by different types of devices: Tomography, X-Ray, Confocal Microscope, SEM, TEM, MRI, Telescopes, and Satellites, that all serve as a starting point for my works.

It is within this very context that I begin my personal process of deconstructing atoms, nanoparticles, cellular nuclei, stem cells, neurons, and far-away star constellations.

Thus, an internal syntactic and semantic process of reconstruction and reorganization of those traces began, which resulted in the birth of new images with a totally different global perception.

The access to new visibilities ranging from the infinite (beyond the observable universe) to the infinitesimal (closer than the tiniest particles), pushes me to think about the existence and sense of a global order, where all the parts embrace and unify until they merge, one into the other.

I would like my work to be an expression of that bonding, of the tiny connecting to the whole, and therefore able to illustrate that the most elemental particle and the vast immensity are closely related.

There is intertextuality between the initial scientific images and their final aesthetic representation, in which the original traits disappear only to reappear later on in a new sense, either evoking new landscapes, worlds and galaxies, or bringing unknown structures to the surface: thus revealing that the real texture of reality is infinitely more complex than our minds can comprehend and that we are ruled by laws with a fascinating internal logic.

We are networks of networks. We are made and are part of a network of interconnected and interdependent systems.

This core message is repeated like a mantra all through my work and I fervently believe it’s also the best way to deal with most of the challenges that these 21st century is bringing up. Each of my work is in a way a segment of this great network, of what ultimately shapes the web of life.