CAROLINE BERGONZI

 

STATEMENT

I BELIEVE THAT ART CAN HEAL.

Imagine a world where you can let go and live really fully, where you can scream, scratch, punch, break, tear, push, pull, burn, play, and anger is not something that makes you “out of your mind,” but something that you tame into creativity. Being a late bloomer myself, dealing with high sensitivity, an extremely busy mind and a powerful life energy, I discovered that during the way. 

From my earliest memories, drawing has been as essential to me as breathing. If art is an external representation, it allows me to reach my subconscious mind and find emotional resolution. Late bloomer, I stopped resisting this life path and committed myself completely to it.

I have retained a childlike curiosity and an urge for on going renewal. Rather than specializing in one thing, I prefer to remain a "perpetual beginner" and be constantly open to new possibilities and explorations. Mirroring the harmony of my own contrasts, I seek various forms of challenge, from confrontation to liberation, from conversing to dancing or sparring with the elements, from the most direct actions of steel welding, cutting, burning, and bending metal, to completing a portrait from life in a slow and irresistible process, to capturing the spark of life which makes each person distinct.

I explore, revisit, and reinvent with complete commitment. I improvise, create “stuff” in my laboratory in an instinctive, nonverbal, and extremely intimate search for authenticity. I roll up my sleeves and dive into the creative dimension, striving to get maximum results with minimalist methods, in simple and pure renderings. I love to study and sharpen the “how to.” I enjoy and welcome the sense of risk and inner chaos I feel before an artwork appears to me, finished and intimidating. Only then can I play and create and finally clear my mind of unnecessary noise and dare to breathe, feel, play, live, and express. 

I tried to embrace other paths but without direct involvement in the arts my life has no meaning or essence. I cannot find a more interesting topic than life itself, motions and emotions, or a better subject than human beings and our unlimited collective mind and shared universal symbols.

Through my work I want to incarnate this spirit, for myself and for others. It is a great call for daily discipline and stubborn positivity when it is so tempting to surrender to the sinister context and doomed world we are told we live in. 

BIOGRAPHY

Authenticity has always ruled Bergonzi’s life. Freedom made it unpredictable. Attached to her Principality and family lineage, she prefers being anonymous in big cities. Being true to her instincts paid off. The originality and quality of her work has brought her art to the 2010 World Expo, in Shanghai, to the United Nations. She currently has two monumental public art sculptures on display in New York. Her unusual journey have been chronicled by the press and TV (New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BFM TV, NY1 TV...).

CAROLINE BERGONZI grew up under the blue Mediterranean sky. After 17 years in this peaceful and international state, she moved to Paris to acquire the tools she judged necessary to obtain her freedom. In parallel to the challenges of business school and postgraduate studies in fashion management, she was active and blossomed in such creatively diverse environments as video games (IN VIVO) and Parisian Haute Couture (Christian Lacroix).

Some exams and missions later, especially in China and in Italy, she chose New York as her new home, for its human masses, its rhythms, and its mosaic of cultures. The brutal reality of this new urban and mental environment encouraged her in a deeper immersion in empiric philosophy, psychology and spirituality. As the angel of the movie "Wings of Desire," she swapped her cerebral perspective for a true experience of being alive, encountering a full gamut of emotions ranging from fear to love, through loneliness, joy, pain, pleasure and inner peace. She recorded them, expressed them, and shared them through her artwork - paintings, sculptures, portraits.

CAROLINE BERGONZI spends most of her time at her Creative Laboratory in Greenwich Village, Manhattan.