Débora Pierpaoli: Oh, if it existed

This installation featured sculptures and objects recently made by the artist, who generally uses a wide range of materials to make her work: ceramics, gold, bronze and oil paint. All these materials have a rich tradition in the history of art but in her output they lose their traditional connotations and function as a counterpoint to the darkness of the images they propose.

Debora Pierpaoli’s works express a certain portentous chaos, a deliberate willingness to ignore the rules. They are sketches – and certainly plenty of mental notes – of the object, painting or construction to be made. It might be a drawing or made from clay; the medium doesn’t matter, but one feels and senses a particular need to dedicate oneself to something that certainly cannot be expressed in words. It is latent, like an attempt to trap a moment and freeze it.

The artist’s universe is made up of different characters and objects: stone pages, masks and ceramic animals. The objects in these installations make up a strange universe with its own laws. A mouse is just as important in the story as a human being, a bird or a book and somehow they empower one another. The cosmogony of beings and objects also incorporates a kind of pagan spirituality into the work.

Debora Pierpaoli (b. 1979, Buenos Aires; currently lives and works in Buenos Aires) is a National Professor of Painting at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes Prilidiano Pueyrredón (2004) and trained at the workshops of Juan Doffo, Fabiana Barreda and Marina de Caro. In 2010 she was selected to take part in the Artist’s Program at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. She has held individual exhibitions at Galería 713 Arte Contemporáneo (2012 and 2010), Galería Foster Catena (2009) and Galería Juana de Arco (2005). The collective exhibitions in which she has featured include: Todos románticos (All Romantics), Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires (2011); Narrativas inciertas (Uncertain Narratives), Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (2010); and the Colección Metropolitana Contemporánea, Casa de la Cultura, Buenos Aires (2008), among others.