Chiara Pignotti has a PhD in Art, Research and Production.
She works as an art teacher and jewellery maker in Gothenburg. She is member of Lerverk Gallery and KKV, The Artists’ Collective Workshop, where she use the casting workplace for create her jewellery. Chiara likes to combine techniques in jewellery, illustration and printing in her artistry. Her artistic works has been exhibited in Italy, Spain, Mexico, Germany, USA and Japan.
Chiara has previously worked with researcher and lecturer within the Art Faculty at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain.
Creative biography CHIARA PIGNOTTI
Chiara was born in Rome on 10 December 1982.
She went to finish her studies in Fine Art in the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain where she works, after her Master graduation, as researcher and lecturer. In that period she worked several times in Mexico with a research project about local jewellery. In 2016 She get her PhD in Art whit the Thesis “Contemporary Jewellery, a new artistic phenomenon. Analysis of the relations between European and Mexican jewellery today”.
Now she lives in Gothenburg. She works as jewellery maker and art teacher in private class and workshops. She is member of Lerverk Gallery, KKV, The Artists’ Collective Workshop in Gothenburg and follow to collaborate with other artists she knew form her previous jobs and travels.
Lost wax casting, one of the oldest metal forming methods known, is the technique that Chiara use for shaping the silver in to jewellery. She enjoy to combine jewellery, illustration and printing techniques. Meditation is also an important inspiration for me to spontaneous creativity and the connection between hand, mind and spirit.
Her artistic works has been exhibited in different countries of Europe, in Mexico, USA and Japan. In her career she get mentions and distinctions from important institution for her art and for her research work.
Prizes and awards
2022. Semifinalist in the The Global Eco Artisan Awards 2022. Agaati Foundation, New York.
2018. Second prize PLE, International Jewellery Competition 2018.
Awarding entity: Parlement Lycéen Européen.
2009. Selected project for the EMARI 2009, First International Ritual of Contemporary Art in Ultzama. Ultzama Municipality and Puente Collective, Pamplona, Spain.
2008. winner project for Pedro Marco Grants 2008. Requena City Council and Polytechnic University of Valencia.
2008. winner project for Dubbing and Production of Audiovisual Grants, 2008. Department of Linguistic Promotion of the Polytechnic University of Valencia.
2022. Warwick Hotel, New York. The Global Eco Artisan Awards 2022 exhibition.
2022. Fusión. MAVA, Museum of Contemporary Glass Art, Madrid. Biennial of Contemporary Glass Jewelry.
2022. Showroom Josep Renau. Valencia, Spain. Beca Pedro Marco. 25 Aniversario.
2019. Palazzo Spinola, Rocchetta Ligure, Italy. Passaggi. Borberart II ed.
2019. Museum of History and Art Palacio de los Gurza, Durango, Mexico. Leonardo da Vinci Homo Universalis.
2018. Museum of Arts and Design, MAD, NewYork. La Frontera: Encounters Along the Border.
2014. Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco and Art Gallery, Indiana University, Kokomo. La Frontera.
2015. Donichi Garoh Gallery, Tokio. MEX
2013. Museum Franz Mayer, Mexico City. La Frontera.
2013. Craft Center of the Valencian Community, Spain. Puentes. Contemporary Jewellery.
2013. Florencio de la Fuente Contemporary Museum, Requena, Spain. Beca Pedro Marco 1997 – 2011.
2013. Cervantes Institute of Munich, Germany. ConSpiración.
2010. San Carlos Gallery, Mexico City. Las Divas.
2010. Auditorium Bartolomé de Medina, Autonomous University of Guerrero. Visitantes.
2010. Casino Lliberal, Algemesí Municipal Exhibition Hall. Spain. Compartint Espais, Art i Multiculturalitat.
2009. Requena Municipal Exhibition Hall. Spain.Y como me lo contaron lo cuento.
The Bestiary project was born from my first stay in Mexico, 2009, inspiraired from the indigenous Mexican art, full of imaginary animals. Equally Mexican tradition is the art of woodblock printing that I combine in experimental way with lost wax casting. The result is this series of small works that can be printed in both paper and silver. As in an alchemical process, the graphic image is transformed into a noble metal as it comes out of the painting and can be worn as a jewel.
I lived for years in the magic and sacred land crossed by the Borbera river. I walked for a long time looking at its stones, without ever returning home empty-handed. You can found some stone perfectly segmented into two parts: a vision for me of the most poetic. I therefore had the desire to recompose these lost unions by reconstructing the invisible interconnections existing between their parts. Even if they are only the fruit of my imagination that lets itself be carried away by the shapes that the stone suggests (and sometimes demands) ... ... after all, it is not certain that everything that cannot be seen does not exist.
Series Inbloom. Fiori di Valenza
Nature is a living force capable of adapting and regenerating. As when a city is abandoned and there, in a short time, nature takes it over, inhabits it, assimilates it to itself, covering it with its wild and fresh beauty. In the same way, here, from the prong setting of disused jewels with no more diamonds, forms of leaves are born and wrap and enhance them, showing a renewed beauty, giving them a new flowering.