I’m cursed by the urge to make sense of the world. While others might drift with the currents or swim, I observe the waves, count them, try to identify patterns, and if I can’t I investigate why not. I don’t question beauty. I experience it, I dwell in the poetic evocativeness of life and celebrate it with my work. It’s when beauty doesn’t occur that I wonder why and begin a new artistic research.
Noel Gazzano is an artist and cultural anthropologist specialized in gender issues and ecology. She received formal training in visual and performance arts and holds a PhD in cultural anthropology. Her artistic and academic research focus on the psychological, sociocultural and political underpinnings of women’s identity in Italy; embodied experience and power dynamics; the connection between culture, violence and mental illness. She employs a variety of media: performance, installation, painting, ink. She is active in promoting human rights, gender equality and ecological awareness with her artwork, university teaching and public speaking. Her art is routinely displayed and is present in private collections in Italy and the USA. Her research is featured in scholarly publications and inspires her art and public speeches. Dr. Gazzano is actively engaged in promoting women’s rights and believes that art is a powerful means for cultural transformation. In 2014 she received the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights Europe sponsorship for her itinerant exhibition “Un Anno da Sirene” (A Mermaid Year) dedicated to raising awareness on violence in Italy.
Noel Gazzano’s Honesty, by Lorenzo Madaro
Ink, with its fine and decisive sign, moves with nonchalance on the paper, tracing essential and hard lines, constructing anatomies, lingering on symbolic anatomical details, embroidering long hair, and giving back to the depicted female figure a dreamy appearance, a fantastic dimension which is the fil rouge that characterizes also her previous experiences in visual arts. (…) But in Noel Gazzano’s research there’s also an intimate dialogue with the real and fantastic representation space, a secret and deep relationship with paper, pencils, watercolor, ink, mixed media: a dialogue with cardboard, a mute and intense conversation with herself and the artwork. I thus find poignant Angela Vattese’s reflections on women’s art. After having reviewed major works – from Louise Bourgeois and Yoko Ono onwards – the scholar states: “In painting, male artists reluctantly gave up supremacy: they left women with miniature, watercolor, intimate portraiture, but didn’t grant them the vast spaces of oil canvases”. Noel, with her honesty of woman artist, today practices all these genres. (From the exhibition catalogue “L’Onestà dell’Artista-The Artist’s Honesty”, curated by Lorenzo Madaro, Galleria F. Foresta, Lecce, February 6th – March 8th, 2015).
- 2016, Ineffabile Profondo, Palazzo Vettori, Kent University, Florence (IT).
- 2015 L’Onestà dell’Artista, Lorenzo Madaro, Lecce (IT), Galleria Francesco Foresta.
- 2015, La Vita che Vorrei (performance), Galleria Francesco Foresta, Lecce (IT).
- 2014, Un Anno da Sirene, Florence (IT), Festival Internazionale Cinema e Donne, Cinema Odeon.
- 2014, Tra Sogno e Veglia. Una Ricerca per Immagini sulla Femminilità, Lecce (IT), Salone dei Teatini (Itinerario Rosa 2014).
- 2014, L’Isola (performance). Lecce (IT), Salone dei Teatini.
- 2013, La Speranza e la Certezza, Florence (IT), Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights Europe.
- 2013, MostriAMOci. L’arte di Essere Donna, Rossana Buccella, Pisa (IT), Spazio Espositivo Sopra Le Logge.
- 2013, Would You Recognise Her? Florence (IT), Richmond College London.
- 2012, Affordable Art Fair, Tricia Holda, New York (USA), The Tunnel.
- 2012, Una Donna (a) Forte, Forte dei Marmi (IT), La Marguttiana di C. Carrà.
- 2011, Sentire. Rifiutare. Proporre! Arte, Ricerca Psichica e Trasformazione Sociale, Daniela Falzone, Florence (IT), Galleria d’Arte Civico 69.
- 2010, Searching for a Blue Perspective, Silvana Belvisi, Turin (IT), I Passaggi Olimpici, Parco del Valentino.
- 2009, Luxury Goods: The Meaning of Art, Michael Milsoslavski, London (GB), The Foundry.
- 2009, Lo Spazio del Metodo, Florence (IT), Teatro della Pergola.
- 2008, Premio Galileo 2000, Florence (IT), Istituto D’Arte di Porta Romana.
- 2007, Dream Me, Marcia Steinberg, Florence (IT), Borghese Palace Art Hotel.