Carolina Mazzolari creates contemporary tapestries that are metaphorical depictions of inner landscapes. Born in Milan but living in London since 2014, Mazzolari studied at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano and at London’s Chelsea College of Art, where she specialized in textiles, dyeing techniques and screen printing.
During her time working as head of textiles at a small luxury firm, she worked with industrial machines and a large team of craftswomen. Her work in textile, painting, photography, video and performance is still informed by this experience. Mazzolari concentrates on making one-off large-scale hand-embroidered tapestries, titled Emotional Fields, that aim to merge a slow ancient craft such as hand stitching, into a contemporary art context. The tactile work is always presented with an introductory film.
Mazzolari is represented by Tristan Hoare Gallery in London. Recently, the artist’s work in video and tapestry has been acquired by the Mona Museum in Hobart, Tasmania.
For The Cultivist, Mazzolari shares the myriad places she would recommend in her adoptive city.
– Words by Siska Lyssens