Born in Italy in 1971, Paola Pivi’s artistic practice is diverse and enigmatic. Blending the familiar with the alien. Pivi often works with commonly identifiable objects that are altered to introduce a new scale. A new material or a new color, encouraging the public to change their point of view. Animals are often seen as protagonists in the world of Pivi. It builds on their perceived characteristics and instills human mannerisms in them.
In Pivi’s art, polar bears practice yoga, hang from trapezes, and engage with each other. Sprouting multicolored feathers, the works are both life-size and miniaturized like baby bears. Covering sculpture, video, photography, performance and installation. Pivi’s practice goes beyond perceived limits to make possible what previously seemed impossible. Zebras frolic in the Arctic, goldfish fly in airplanes, and in his 2012 Public Art Fund installation, a Piper Seneca airplane was lifted on its wings and set up to constantly rotate forward.