PIETRO CAMPAGNOLI is born in Turin in 1994, where he lives and works.
He’s graduated from Primo Liceo Artistico Statale of Turin. He’s studyng New Technologies at Accademia Albertina di Belle Artiof Turin. He attended at IED University, at Graphic Design.
He started working as an artist since semptember 2011, but he draws since he was a child.
Like an artist, i always tried to understand and describe human feelings.
I’ve got the Asperger syndrome, a form of autism that gave me a high Q.I. but bad relationship skills. In the High School i always had problems to understand the toughts of my classmates and how I must relate with them. With my sculptures I create “casts” with blankets wet with gypsum, placing them on living bodies and waiting for them to solidify. In these casts I try to reproduce the shape of the human being, like a photograph of the bodies.
My works never have definite faces, because it is impossible for me to understand the emotions of the people, due to my syndrome. They are always empty, because the internal body has evolved and disappeared, and thereis only remained the envelope, like a chrysalis, but now the present individual has managed to overcome and improve his condition. This is a metaphor of my course to understand human feelings.
The individual human represented in the artwork, like a figurehead, remain immovable against the storm. The wind bring him down to the floor, but he doesn’t bend, like a reef against the ocean. My work is born by the attempt to represent the “individual evolution” and to describe metaphorically my past. I had a lot of social problems in the High School because of my syndrome, and I was victim of the bullies, my artworks remind me that the stormcan be fought and defeat, if an unwavering willpower supports your mind against the lashes of sensitive experiences, and if a good captain can be surrounded by a good crew. All my sculptures are unique because every human being is unique. The most violent experiences make us the most resilient individuals.
It is not necessary to ask whether soul and body are one, just as it is not necessary to ask whether the wax and its shape are one, nor generally whether the matter of each thing and that of which it is the matter are one. For even if one and being are spoken of in several ways, what is properly so spoken of is the actuality.