With Milan Design Week just a couple of months away of happening in the glorious city of Milan, I Lobo You has been exploring the world of Italian contemporary art. Best known for her modern art, Paola Grizi is a sculptor who created some pensive-faced book sculptures.
The Italian artist creates bronze sculptures of faces emerging from the tousled pages of books, often with an exposed hand that appears to gently push aside the pages. Some of the book sculptures are sculpted as traditional novels, while others are more abstract— bronze pieces of paper folded and stacked in cube-like formations.
The enduring metalworks are meant to honor the physicality of printed materials, resources which are quickly being lost due to the ease and immediacy of technological devices. You can see more of Grizi’s literary sculptures on Instagram.
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Paola first became interested in art while she was still a child, mentored by her grandfather, who was a famous Italian painter and sculptor. This contemporary artist is particularly well-known around Italy, she has been featured at exhibits in Rome, Faenza, Venice, Florence, Milan, Pisa, and Ferrara, among other cities.
She is respected as a sculptor and highly sought-after when it comes to projects both professional and personal. Her book sculptures are something truly magnificent when you think about the effort that was put thoroughly during the entire process and that shows entirely in the final product.