Emotion: Amazement and wonder
The title of the song by the famous French music group Air is just the beginning for Michela Picchi in the creation of her artwork. Playground Love becomes just that – a space of play and love, where all the creativity and aesthetics of the artist are expressed. Large resonating spheres almost entirely occupy the space, immersed in the colours and distinctive graphic research characteristic of Michela Picchi’s production. At the room’s edges, four giant tigers act as benevolent guardians of the space and the spectators’ interaction. The artist intends to bring back the lightness typical of childhood, often associated with the act of play. There is a surprising rediscovery of childlike innocence and awe in the giant dimensions of each present element. Every spectator is free to interpret the artwork based on the emotional state it represents and evokes in those who actively live and interact with it. Undoubtedly, the theme of enjoyment fulfils a fundamental role in the interpretative and cognitive process of the artwork itself, offering a playful perspective inherently linked to the audience’s experience.
Michela Picchi is a multi-disciplinary artist from Rome, currently based in Berlin. After graduating in Law and Economics first and later in Graphic Design and Art Direction,, she moved to Hong Kong, where she was able to explore, experiment and develop her own distinctive style. Her work draws inspiration from collage and visual illustration, and her unique use of color is a key element in her art – diving into pop and surrealist worlds. A common motif throughout her work are the “psychedelic” tigers who show up repeatedly in her murals, prints and collaborations.
Constantly experimenting, Picchi focuses on how perceptual experiences are linked to visions and how this relation can be transferred into artworks. She has had numerous solo exhibitions in Italy and has been featured in a variety of group exhibitions around the world, including at the Saatchi Gallery in London, Affordable Art Fair in Milan, Gerichtshof Gallery in Berlin, as well as an artist residency at SPAZI in Venice, Italy, and at Creative Fusion Art Residency in Cleveland, Ohio. Notably, Michela Picchi delivered a TEDxTalk in Taipei, Taiwan. Some of her prominent collaborations include projects with Apple, LIFEWTR, Adidas, Nike, Chiquita, Logitech,, among many others.