The original works, here exhibited as limited editions of prints, are portrait collages made out of recycled materials in an attempt to draw attention to neglectful tendencies towards the environment. To create the complex 3D originals, the artist used a variety of techniques including manipulation and folding of paper. As many advertising messages are delivered through this medium, Bazz used paper to subtly remind the viewer of our high levels of mass-consumption. The portraits are essentially made out of hundreds of mini-adverts that together form a face, therefore giving us constantly updated records on our culture.
In order to prove that identity is a mirror of society, Bazz argues that material possessions have a key role in its construction. The clothes we wear, the accessorises we use, the cars we drive, all contribute to define how we perceive ourselves and how we want others to see us. However, none of these material possessions last forever. They are all disposable, easily replaced by the next object that catches our attention. Similarly to these objects that seem to define us, our identities consequentially become temporary and find themselves in a state of continuous flux.
Most of our possessions have probably been advertised on some paper the artist has come across, therefore embedding it with symbols of contemporary society. Bazz’s portrait subjects are made out of recycled adverts, meaning they wear these symbols on their faces. In addition, their 3D dimension allows for the delivery of different messages according to the viewer’s prospective. This technique is used by the artist to symbolise the continuous bombarding of commercial information we receive on a daily basis, as well as the changes this causes to our identity.
ABOUT PAOLA BAZZ
Paola Bazz is an Italian artist born in Padua, Italy. She studied painting and drawing before completing a degree in Architecture at University IUAV in Venice. Based in Manchester since early 2012, Paola now looks to further explore the dimension and the power of printed paper, along with issues like the constant and rapid change of our identity and our society.