Elisa Mearelli | Italy

Elisa Mearelli, an Italia artist born in 1984. Her artistic formation began at the School of Art of Fabriano and continued at Urbino where she obtained a Diploma at the School of Art and later a degree at the Academy of fine Arts.

After experiencing animated film and illustration for children during her studies, she found new inspiration in the techniques of classical etching, and later in incision with pyrography on wood. This made her think about marking by finding a more direct relationship between herself and the support medium, because the pressure of the hand, and therefore the emotion and mood, has a strong influence on the final result.

Being born at Fabriano, a town with a historic tradition of paper making, she feel she have a strong bond with this material which she consider to be much more than a common object of everyday use. For her, paper is not just a support to cover with colour, but rather it is the true protagonist of the work of art.

Elisa's studies focalize on the necessity of leaving an indelible mark on the paper by means of strong invasive actions such as making holes and cuts in it. None of the works can be erased or covered over with colour. The paper has been cut, there is no going back; it has its own form, it tells its own story, like the human skin.

Some of the works can be touched, eyes closed, to give them new form evoked through the sense of touch and the imagination. With others, instead, it is as like being immersed in worlds made up of cut-out layers which eventually sink into a dream. Through the medium of paper Elisa try to create new landscapes to explore, new connections between ourselves and others and between ourselves and the world in which we live.   

EDUCATION

2008 / 2010 Academy of Fine Arts, masters degree in Visual Design, Urbino, Italy

2005 / 2008 Academy of Fine Arts, bachelors degree in Multimedia Design, Urbino, Italy

2003 / 2005 Art Institute, advanced course in Traditional Animation, Urbino, Italy

EXHIBITIONS

2017 Index Design Series, Create Hub Gallery, Dubai

2017 SetUp Art Fair, Art Fair, Sensi Art Gallery, Bologna, Italy

2016 Vegetale Contemporaneo, group exhibition, Sensi Art Gallery, Colle di Val D’Elsa, Siena, Italy

2016 La parte per il tutto, bipersonale, Sensi Art Gallery, Colle di Val D’Elsa, Siena, Italy

2016 Launch of Gallery 48, group exhibition, Gallery 48, Dundee, Scotland, UK

2016 SetUp Plus! INCIPIT, studio legale Evolve, BiBox Art Space, Bologna, Italy

2015 Selvatica, natura in festival, group exhibition, BiBox Art Space, Biella, Italy

2015 SetUp Art Fair, Art Fair, BiBox Art Space, Bologna, Italy

2014 Operazione Arcevia. Art Contest, group exhibition, Riserva Privata San. Settimio, Arcevia, Italy

2014 Zingarelli Art Prize “Rocca delle macìe”, group exhibition, Castellina in Chianti, Siena, Italy

2013 / 2014 Inter/National, group exhibition, Box Heart Expressions Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

2013 BiGam, Young Artists Biennial from Marche, group exhibition, Civitanova Marche, Italy

2013 ArtVilnius, Art Fair, Maelström Art Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania

2013 Nurant, group exhibition, Gogol & Company, Milan, Italy

2013 In natura, group exhibition, BiBox Art Space, Biella, Italy

2009 Identità Mutanti, group exhibition, Circolo culturale Bertolt Brecht, Milan, Italy

2008 ZOE-microfestival, group exhibition, Orti Giuli Garden, Pesaro, Italy

2007 Perle National Festival, group exhibition, Monte Cialdini Barracks, Pesaro, Italy

AWARDS

2014 First Prize, Zingarelli Art Prize “Rocca delle macìe”, Castellina in Chianti, Siena

2014 Finalist, Operazione Arcevia. Art Contest, Riserva Privata San. Settimio, Arcevia

2014 First prize, Inter/National, Box Heart Expressions Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2013 Finalist, Oasis draws nature, Italian Tourism Naturalistic Association, Turin, Italy

2011 Third prize, The sound of Pixel, Flashfumetto and International Comics Festival BILBOLBUL, Bologna, Italy

2009 Finalist for the stop-motion short film Insecta, Festival of Independent Cinema Filmakers al Chiostro, Pordenone, Italy

2009 Finalist for the stop-motion short film Insecta, Macerata Spark film festival 2009, Macerata, Italy

2009 Third prize, Moving Pixel, Flashfumetto and International Comics Festival BILBOLBUL, Bologna, Italy

2006 Award for the stop-motion short film Mr. Martino Tappi, 4°edition Civitanova Film Festival, Civitanova Marche, Italy

2006 Award for the stop-motion short film Mr. Martino Tappi, 41° International Festival of the New Cinema, Pesaro, Italy

2005 Award for children illustration, 10° International prize Scarpetta D’Oro, Padova, Italy

2005 First prize for the animation Verrà la morte e avrà i tuoi occhi, 40° International Festival of the New Cinema, Pesaro, Italy

2004 Award for children illustration, 9° International prize Scarpetta D’Oro, Padova, Italy

2004 First prize for the short film H.I.V., Pfizer drugmaker

PUBLICATIONS OF OWN WORKS on magazines

2016 Average Art Magazine, Liverpool

2014 Lo Straniero, Rome, Italy

2013 Nurant, Milan, Italy

2011 Lo Straniero, Rome, Italy

2007 Cover for Pagine Giovani, Rome, Italy

2007 Pennedoka, Alessandria, Italy

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