Layers of Time 08

museum in progress asks: Pia Gazzola

For museum in progress' exhibition series "Layers of Time" in DATUM you chose the date 4 November 2004 as basis for your artwork. What significance does this date have for you, what do you associate with it?

4 November 2004 is a symbolic date, a secret date.

Have you worked on this subject before in other pieces of art?

Yes, the subject "time" has almost always been the initial focal point for my work. For that reason I describe myself in my artistic work as "time sculptor".

Which aspects of your artistic work are especially important to you?

The reduced, compact form, the easiness, the irony and the proximity to nature, the poetry.

If you could determine one of your works of art to outlast the course of time and to be still admired in the far future, which would you choose?

None, because as a matter of principle my dialogue with the present is not intended to outlast the course of time. My work is only supposed to be a trace, a shadow that my thinking leaves behind.

Are significant personal experiences important for your art? If yes: Could you give an example?

The contact with nature, the tension of feelings, my existence in foreign countries, the adaptability, the limitations of the different languages.

What is the appeal in creating a work of art for public spaces or the media?

The need for confrontation and for a certain effectiveness of my work in public spaces, and the opportunity to view it through someone else's eyes.

To what extent should art fulfil any socio-political tasks?

As conclusive proof of a subjective/objective and open-minded thinking without prejudices.

How would you characterise good art?

Sincerity, necessity, amplitude and relativity.

What are the limits of art?

Presumption and speculation.

All participating artists of "Layers of Time" are asked to answer the same questions. In this way the serial character of the project is emphasised as well as the artists' individual points of view, and the interested readership gets additional information about the works and their creators.