Angelica Gerosa calls on her bountiful collection of various kinds of paper to piece together elaborately cut designs. As well as using high-contrast, bright colours, she also uses nice, subtler differences in shade.
It seems that there is as much time put into building her resources as there is in making the individual pieces. It must be difficult to keep her overflowing drawers of paper topped up and neatly managed.
Angelica talks to us about why she works in this way and what she aims to achieve by using these materials and process.
I have fun doing different things and I’ve found many applications for my work.
In the last few years, I diversified my work to meet specific demands, from interior decoration (like gold leaf stencil and wall painting), to textile design (pattern and foulard), sculpture project and shows.
I had my first solo exhibition in April 2015 in Milan and am currently working on geometric, floral and abstract themes, making a new series of big artworks for the next show.
I need to maintain the work in a permanent evolution, so I never get bored and keep feeling that what I’m doing is authentic, not just a repetition of a scheme.
Therefore, I’m mostly concerned about the research of new topics, the experimentation with different techniques and the process, which can be long, disciplined but not completely predictable.
I believe that a project always springs from the precedent!
I chose to go beyond every satisfying project and start something new and I think that’s my power source!
I like to mix techniques and combine materials, I paint with gouache, acrylic, watercolor and sometimes oil, I create sculpture with recycled or found stuff and papier-mâché, I make collage with selected colorful papers.
I love paper!
I started to select papers many years ago, so that my archive is now huge and extremely disparate: there are natural and recycled kind of paper (which are warm), then a big range of white (from the titanium to the ivory white), finally colorful and brilliant sheets of paper, useful to make strong contrast.
I’m concerned about chromatic adjustment and what often happens while doing a collage is that I need a piece of blue, but not just one blue, that specific blue! (And of course I have it!)
© Angelica Gerosa, 2015