Our 2020 Winter Installation Residency recipient, Paolo Porelli, travelled all the way from Rome to spend seven weeks making in our studio in Rhode Island. Porelli’s culminating installation consists of sixty-eight porcelain figurines which have been cast, altered, glazed and fired many times.
Paolo Porelli, Rome Italy (1966). After graduating in painting (Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, Italy), Porelli began a period of experimentation in ceramics in which he identified an anthropomorphic figure as his preferred expressive form. Clay remains his principal medium, although he often integrates ‘ready-mades’ in his sculptures as well as casts of found objects. Life-size to small-scale figures stand alone or in group installations.
Co-founder of CRETA Rome (2012), a centre for ceramics and fine arts which offers short-term residencies to international artists. He has participated in residencies in the US, Europe and China. His work has been presented internationally in solo, group exhibitions and ceramic biennials in Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Spain and China.
Please join us for a closing reception on Saturday, December 18 from 3-5 pm. Meet the artist and learn about his unique process of incorporating found objects and local flora into his porcelain works.