There is an impossible scent. It is composed from residues and memories of many fragrances from anonymous donors, mixed and trapped inside glass sculptures. This is the essence of Alessandro Piangiamore. An elusive provocation, unattainable beauty, such as the mixture of melted waxes, residues of candles from the churches of Rome that creates layers of knowledge and memories. Under the gaze of his curious and mischievous smile, Alesssandro lurks a complex aesthetic, both contemporary and archaic. His desire to represent concepts and unseizable forms, such as the wind, the weight, the time, make his artistic research, through the study of different materials and media, a wonderful metaphysical journey.
I met Alessandro in a sicilian bar in Rome, and in front of a fried arancina, I understood that talking about his work wasn’t easy, as he has the privacy and modesty of true artists. So he likes to be the one asking questions and, chat about life . “And please Silvia, remember to collect for me waste of wax candles if you find them around!”
Describe what you do.
I try to crystallize the ephemeral.
“Primavera Piangiamore #3” – 2014 – Crystal, fragrances
What sensation would you like to transmit with your work to the audience?
Contemplation, desire, ambiguity.
“An empty shell dripping on a concrete floor” – 2011 – detail
What are your current projects?
As I tell my son: beautiful things!
“Primavera Piangiamore” – 2014 – Melted beeswax and paraffin wax residual candles, metal – Exhibition view at Palais de Tokyo (Paris)
Where does your inspiration comes from?
From everyday life certainly, from word’s bendings.
“A purple petal on a concrete floor” – 2015 – Concrete, pigments, metal (detail)
Describe our historical moment.
Too noisy, fast.
“La XXI cera di Roma” – 2015 – Melted beeswax and paraffin wax residual candles, metal
Describe the art world today.
“Untitled (volcano)” – 2012 – sea coral, postcard, wood pedestal.
Who is your favorite artist of all the time?
Antonello da Messina.
And which one do you think is the most overrated?
This is a politically incorrect question.
What is the best thing about being who you are?
Alessandro Piangiamore, born in Enna in 1976, lives and works in Roma, Italy.
Silvia di Paolo