The Artist

Poesia e Bellezza Nonostante – Poetry and Beauty Nonetheless

Noel Gazzano is an italian-american artist and anthropologist with ten years university teaching experience (Marist College, Richmond College London, IED-Istituto Europeo di Design). She address key issues of our times: ecological crisis, violence towards women and all human beings. She explores her role in the world as artist, first of all: to reject violence proposing research and beauty, manifest reality beyond denial and code-of-silence. She studied various languages (photography, drawing and painting, theatre acting, writing) which she condenses in performances that she manage directly from action to postproduction. Performance allows her to present herself at once vulnerable and strong, triggering the public to challenge themselves.

La Fine di un’Era-The End of an Era (2015) stems from personal experience of abuse and deals with overcoming violence against women, nature and all living beings. Exhibited in Italy and abroad, it has allowed women to embrace a resilient search for Self via the meditative covering of the rifle, and to imagine dignity and purity beyond “shame” via the final nude. Noel preceded this work with an ink series sponsored by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights Europe (Un Anno da Sirene- A Mermaid Year, 2014-15).

L’Insopportabile Contraddizione-The Unbearable Contradiction (2016) is a strong NO to the daily violation of human rights which occurs in Italy due to ill-managed industries and illegally buried toxic waste causing a dramatic increase in cancer rates. Sponsored by ISDE-International Society of Doctors for Environment, this performance triggered social participation through awareness. Its natural continuation is Damascus Rose, an ongoing work with which I address directly people with decisional power, triggering the emergence of the humainness necessary to make just decisions.

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).

MAIN EXHIBITIONS

  • 2016 L’Insopportabile Contraddizione, Castello di Acaya (Lecce, IT)
  • 2016 Ineffabile Profondo, Palazzo Vettori, Kent University (Florence, IT)
  • 2015 Le Sirene del Bosco, Cinema del Reale, Specchia (Lecce, IT)
  • 2015 L’Onestà dell’Artista, curated by Lorenzo Madaro, Galleria Francesco Foresta (Lecce, IT).
  • 2015, La Vita che Vorrei (performance), Galleria Francesco Foresta (Lecce, IT)
  • 2014 Un Anno da Sirene, Festival Internazionale Cinema e Donne (Florence, IT)
  • 2014 Tra Sogno e Veglia. Una Ricerca per Immagini sulla Femminilità, Salone dei Teatini, Itinerario Rosa (Lecce, IT)
  • 2014 L’Isola (performance) Salone dei Teatini (Lecce, IT)
  • 2013 La Speranza e la Certezza, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights Europe (Florence, IT)
  • 2013 MostriAMOci. L’arte di Essere Donna, Rossana Buccella, Spazio Espositivo Sopra Le Logge (Pisa, IT)
  • 2013 Would You Recognise Her? Richmond College London (Florence, IT)
  • 2012 Affordable Art Fair, Tricia Holda, The Tunnel (New York, USA)
  • 2012 Una Donna (a) Forte, La Marguttiana di C. Carrà (Forte dei Marmi, IT)
  • 2011 Sentire. Rifiutare. Proporre! Arte, Ricerca Psichica e Trasformazione Sociale, curated by Daniela Falzone, Galleria d’Arte Civico 69 (Florence, IT)
  • 2010 Searching for a Blue Perspective, Silvana Belvisi, I Passaggi Olimpici, Parco del Valentino (Turin, IT)
  • 2009 Luxury Goods: The Meaning of Art, Michael Milsoslavski, The Foundry (London, GB)
  • 2009 Lo Spazio del Metodo, Teatro della Pergola (Florence, IT)
  • 2008 Premio Galileo 2000, Istituto D’Arte di Porta Romana (Florence, IT)
  • 2007 Dream Me, curated by Marcia Steinberg, Borghese Palace Art Hotel (Florence, IT)