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Louisa Gagliardi

* 1989 Sitten, lives and works in Zurich http://www.louisagagliardi.com/

  • Pique-nique Sauvage 3
  • Inkjet on Chromolux and nail polish
  • Edition of: 22
  • Size: 16,00 cm x 36,00 cm
  • Production: OK Haller, Zurich
  • CHF 360.00
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  • Pique-nique Sauvage 2
  • Inkjet on Chromolux and nail polish
  • Edition of: 22
  • Size: 20,00 cm x 33,00 cm
  • Production: OK Haller, Zurich
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  • Pique-nique Sauvage 1
  • Inkjet on Chromolux and nail polish
  • Edition of: 22
  • Size: 20,10 cm x 29,00 cm
  • Production: OK Haller, Zurich
  • CHF 360.00
  • available
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Louisa Gagliardi's creative process starts from a hand sketch, which she photographs with her mobile phone, and then continues digitally. Graphic programs are central tools for her compositions: Vectorized and processed with color, the sketches become computer drawings and sometimes retouched by hand after printing. As in her large works on PVC or Plexiglas, Gagliardi has chosen to apply a layer of nail varnish by hand on the work, which makes each one unique. In addition to the technical processes and the choice of materials, the "painterly" Gagliardi's pictorial world to the unmistakable aesthetics of the artist. Stories of gender-neutral, asexual human bodies are almost always hinted at. This makes the figures more abstract and allows the viewer to project his own narration, to imitate his own protagonists. However, the bodies' actions are highly suggestive and reflect the current evils of Western society.
Gagliardi paints the consumer society in all its benevolent cruelty. She explains that with access to all consumer goods in all seasons - strawberries in winter or salmon at all meals - the appreciation, references and contact with the essence of the products are lost. In the series Pique-Nique Sauvage (wild picnic) people come out of the fat lines of the salmon pieces. Some seem to struggle, literally stepping out of the picture and gaining volume, others rest as if in their sleep - after the party, hangover. Who are these bodies in the salmon pieces that act as if they were trapped or stuck? The drawings are open to interpretation, but they also force us to look at them for a longer period of time, which is necessary to recognize the bodies and objects at all - a high concentration requirement in an age when apps, news and social media are trying to monopolize our attention.
Louisa Gagliardi's universe of images is both surreal and intimate, sensual and mysterious. Starting from pencil sketches, Gagliardi works out her pictures on the computer, creating smooth and luminous surfaces, plays of light and shadow, effects of transparency and depth. The human figure, which is almost omnipresent in the artist's compositions, invites us to reflect on the state and mood of the individual in today's society.

Before she turned more to painting, Louisa Gagliardi trained in graphic design and illustration. After obtaining her Bachelor's degree in graphic design at the École cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL) in 2012, she received the Swiss Design Award in 2014. Today she exhibits internationally in renowned galleries.



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