Deanna Pizzitelli, a young Canadian artist, explores delicate yet deep sentiments of desire, longing and loss as well as eroticism. Her photography is very poetic and layered when it comes to its meaning, which is not surprising having in mind that Pizzitelli is also a writer. There is an astounding variety of motifs in her pieces – human bodies, rock formations, animals and even landscapes. However, no matter this puzzling variety, Pizzitelli’s work, as a whole, leaves the impression of a highly complex mental and emotional landscapes wrapped up in a luscious layer of eroticism and mystery.
Deanna Pizzitelli was born in the late 80s in Toronto, Canada. She earned her BFA in Photography at Ryerson University in 2011 and three years later she received her MFA from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Pizzitelli is using mainly analogue photographic processes in her quest to explore the relationship between analogue and digital technologies. She is also interested in giving a modern, contemporary expression to otherwise obsolete, historical photographic procedures. While her individual artworks are dedicated to her own emotional and mental landscapes, she also collaborates with her partner Jakub Jančo and together they question and investigate the topics of identity, relationships, and expressive possibilities of portraiture.
Pizzitelli’s puzzling polaroids, chromogenic and fiber prints are featuring a variety of topics. Her series Intimates is an interesting, versatile mix of erotica, images of animals and short pieces of free style poetry. The viewer feels perplexed by this variety of materials and challenged to find a narrative structure connecting all the pieces, but it seems that the main connection between them is the sentiment of unfiltered and raw, even slightly odd, overwhelming intimacy. Her another quite peculiar series, called The Living Groud, which is a collaboration with her partner Jakub Jančo, leaves the similar impression of intimacy, but the variety of visual motifs is even more interesting in this case, because the artists introduced images of landscapes and close-ups of unsightly animal such as dead fish and worms. The series again has a strong erotic, even pornographic feel at times, mixed with the strange sense of decay and loss. However, not all of Pizzitelli's artworks explore the themes of intimacy and decay - she has a lot of landscape photographs where she depicts either wide open spaces or concentrates on various details found in nature, such as textures and shapes of stones.
Pizzitelli’s way to represent universal issues such as death, sex and transformation is very personalized, disturbing and intimate, but undoubtedly powerful. Her loose compositions are poetic, sensual and spontaneous , making the viewer feel somewhat voyeuristic and unsettled. At the same time, Pizzitelli's work is valuable because the young artist uses analogous photographic techniques which are becoming less common nowadays. Pizzitelli’s distinctively raw and experimental work was recently shown at Paris Photo 2015 and Classic Photographs LA 2014. In addition to this, she has participated in 2010 and 2011 CONTACT Photography Festivals.
The artist is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery.
Featured image: Deanna Pizzitelli - The Living Ground (detail)
All images courtesy of the artist.