Pia Pizzo ~ California

 
   
Pia Pizzo was born in Italy, moved to California in 1982, and has been exploring the book as an art form since the early 1970s. She limits her palette to three colors: black, red, and white. She also uses gold, copper, and silver leaf to create pages illuminated with her abstract imagery.
   
Mind and Memory books by Pia Pizzo  
   

Poetry Books
Artwork by Pia Pizzo
Long Beach, California: Sama Press, 2004. Edition of 31.

8. 5.5"; 2 leaves. Digitally printed on 100% cotton Arches paper using an HP printer. Paper wraps with title and illustration on front cover. Colophon printed on inside back wrapper. Print and colophon signed and numbered by the artist.

A series of books in which consists of a poem accompanied by Pia Pizzo's artwork, which has been computer generated from an original.

Works in this series:
The Wheel of Ch'i                   Poem by Chang San-Feng
Anything but Firewood         Poem by Ryonen Genso
It is not Mind nor Buddha    Poem by Daio Kokushi
Unknown Unity                       Poem by Ts'ao Shan
Arrows of Fear and Hope      Poem by Manazar Gamboa
Mystic Spiral                           From Jill Purce's The Mystic Spiral
The Way to Infinity                  Poem by Chuang Tzu
Being and non-Being             Poem by Sun-Ts'an
The Cause of Being                 Poem by Hakuin
The Wheel of Time                   Poem by Layman P'ang
Spiral of Love                          Poem by Rabindranath Tagoreh, Cali

$100 each


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Prayer for Tibet
By Pia Pizzo
Long Beach, California: Pia Pizzo, 2002. One-of-a-Kind.

5 x 6.5 x 2.25" closed, 36 x 27" open. Mixed media. Japanese, Indian and Nepalese rice papers. Canvas. Inks of China. Gold leaves. Silk Cloth. Red silk ribbons. Bound in a box-like structure with cork covering.

As with all Pizzo's work the experience is silent, wordless, something beyond (or before) language and quantification. Opening the box and unfolding the cloth suggest Tibetan altars and storage boxes for sacred things. The papers and cloth evoke prayer flags, creating a silent prayer for Tibet.

$1,500

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The Principle of Absolute Unity (The Seed)
By Pia Pizzo
Long Beach, California: Pia Pizzo, 1998. One-of-a-Kind.

14.75 x 22.25"; 24 leaves. Paper cutting. Papier d'Arches and Japanese rice paper. Ribbon page markers. Bound in paper covered boards with ribbon tie closures.

Features cut-out geometric shapes, including circles, triangles, squares, and rectangles. Gold leaf and bright red papers were used to accent the pastedowns and free end pages. Pizzo uses her own language of near microscopic hand-lettering and undecipherable text, created with small pinholes and paper tears.

The Seed is one of three books used in Pizzo's installation "The Door," shown in an exhibition Exceptionally Scaled Artists' Books (Kellogg Gallery, Cal Poly Pomona, 2005). Her sketch of the installation appears on the first page of The Seed.

Judith Hoffberg, review EXCEPTIONALLY SCALED ARTISTS' BOOKS: "Also grasping at the spiritual, Pia Pizzo is interested in the tactile quality of material of non-books and non-readable books. Using handmade paper, she sees the page as a virgin void of mental space. With progressive cutting, she opens up the perspective to create a feeling of mysticism, cosmic unity, and sacred geometry. After studying, feeling, and handling the paper in a kind of meditation, she tears these beautiful sheets, defying any aggressive act. In fact, she respects the paper as her medium, since it comes from France or Japan, China or Nepal. The source location in effect imbues its paper with its own spirituality."
$3,200


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The Mystery Box
By Pia Pizzo
Long Beach, California: Pia Pizzo, 1991 - 1994. One-of-a-Kind.

4 x 6 x 2"; 24 pages. Materials: a variety of black and red papers, thread, ribbon, cloth, wood fragments, and black and red inks. One pocket page with 3.4 x 7.5" folded letter and 4 fragments of text with burned edges. Bound in black paper covers with black grosgrain ribbon closures.

Although it is not mentioned in the book, in private conversation Pizzo revealed she was inspired by the line "We are such stuff as dreams are made on" from Act IV, Scene I of Shakespeare's The Tempest (IV.i.).

The enigmatic letter and text fragments seem to pay homage to a dear friend who has been lost - "drowned into the river of mud." As usual with Pizzo's work, the colors - somber with fleck's of gold - and texture - like layers of weathered skins - combine to suggest a silent fugue.
$800


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One-of-a-kind Mind and Memory books

Pia Pizzo, artist statement: "The non-books or rather the non-readable books that I contemplate as extension of the perspective of both mind and memory set out to recount a happening, a state of affairs or a journey within the page or through the pages. The page is therefore the chosen setting for any hypothetical adventure you may embark upon or any hypothetical message you may be seeking: the blank page thus represents the virgin void of mental space. In this way the progressive cutting, this virtual inter-framing between one page and another, opens up upon the perspective against which and within which the mind can roam at will.

"The sequence of the pages, which act as the filters/screens of an unidentifiable complex machinery, unfolds with kinetic rhythm as you turn the pages, so these books become the arena within which to unwind your mind rather than the stage for grasping codified messages. The tearing of the paper is never the outcome of an aggressive approach but stems rather from studied feeling and touching, from physical contact with both the material and reality at the same time, as a step towards thinking once again in tactile terms....

"When I start a work of art, there is an empty space, a void, and I search how to balance form with emptiness, knowing when one has 'says' enough....

"The non-Books and pages without words or images are focused only on the light and shadows created in the empty spaces of their construction; they are composed with natural light which cause the pieces to vibrate as the light changes through the course of the day. As well as an awareness of the unknown fathoms of exploration, my work demands the music of silence."

   
   
The Creation of Darkness
By Pia Pizzo
Long Beach, California: Pia Pizzo, 2005. One-of-a-Kind.

9.5 x 6.5 closed, 9.5 x 24" open; 26 pages. Papier d'Arches. Japanese rice paper. Ink of China. Watercolor. Paper cutting and tearing. Bound by the artist. Painted covers. Ribbon tie closure.

$1,200


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Rings of Conjunction
By Pia Pizzo
Long Beach, California: Pia Pizzo, 2005. One-of-a-Kind.

79.5 x 6.5 closed; 11 pages. 9.5 x 24" open. Papier d'Arches. Japanese rice paper. Ink of China. Watercolor. Gold leaves. Bound by the artist. Signed and dated by the artist.

$1,200


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The Spiritual Reflection
By Pia Pizzo
Long Beach, California: Pia Pizzo, 2005. One-of-a-Kind.

9.5 x 6.5 " closed 9.5 x 24" open; 10 leaves. Papier d'Arches. Japanese rice paper. Ink of China. Watercolor. Paper cutting and tearing. Bound by the artist in paper wraps with ribbon tie closure. Ribbon book marks.

$1,200

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The Great Energy
By Pia Pizzo
Long Beach, California: Pia Pizzo, 2004. One-of-a-Kind.

9.5 x 6.5 closed, extends to 24"; 8 pages. Papier d'Arches. Japanese rice paper. Ink of China. Watercolor. Gold leaves. Bound by the artist. Signed and dated by the artist.

$1,200


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Sound-Vibration
By Pia Pizzo
Long Beach, California: Pia Pizzo, 1985. One-of-a-Kind.

9.5 x 6.5 closed, 9.5 x 24" open; 15 leaves. Papier d'Arches. Japanese rice paper. Ink of China. Watercolor. Gold leaf. Paper cutting and tearing. Bound by the artist in paper wraps with painted canvas spine. Ribbon tie closure.

$1,200

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