Sculptress & Fine Jewelry Designer
Dalila Pasotti is a NYC-based sculptress & fine jewelry designer. Dalila just wrapped up a powerful solo show at East Williamsburg-based gallery, Lucas Lucas. Working in white alabaster, ceramics, & hydrocal mixed media, this mystical series of sculptures is all about the interconnected nature of our universe & the secret link between art & science. Think goddesses, sphinxes, cryptic symbolism & aliens!
The otherwordly element is key to all Dalila's creations. Having studied Natural Sciences at the University of Turin, she loves combining unseen ideas with scientific theory & research data.
Mysteries, secrets, what's out there in the Cosmos, how everything began. This is the strongest inspiration for my work but also in my everyday life. I like to put this greatness into perspective during my limited time on Earth, trying to connect my consciousness to the mysterious Core of the Universe.
This is the other main subject of my work. Astronomy would have been my alternative career after graduating in Natural Science at University if art hadn't taken over everything else, but I still engage with it in my own way, by crossing art and science in my artwork. Galaxies, dimensions, the theory of relativity, planets, and asteroids are the most fascinating things, nothing means as much in my life. I think about it every single day, the Universe is the focus of my life.
I'm a musician as well, I'm currently playing in a duo called Arpalice. I've been playing music since I was a teenager and it is the other major part of my life. It allows me to perform, which is something I really need to do. When I work on sculpture I'm rather reclusive at my studio, so I feel these two art forms are perfectly complementary for me. Music puts me in different moods, inspires me and makes me daydream. It's visceral, goes deep into emotions, and connects you to the musicians creating it.
ARTISTS AND SCIENTISTS' LIVES
I adore reading about the crazy lives of the most brilliant artists and scientists (who are artists to me as well). Certain little details about their habits or their personalities are often an incredible source of inspiration. It's so surprising sometimes to find similarities with yourself, while discovering more about their originality and genius.
I come from Turin in Italy, a gem of baroque architecture. European architecture in general is something I feel deeply connected with. In Italy we still have constructions made by the Romans, or even from before the Etruscan War, it's almost crazy to believe they are still there after so long. All over Europe we have wonderful examples of all the stylistic periods after that, from Classicism, to Gothic, to Renaissance, without forgetting Modernism, like the Bauhaus current in Germany, all major sources of inspiration for any kind of artist.
OLD MASTERS SCULPTURE
I appreciate all kinds of sculpture, but I can't deny that nothing compares to old school marble and alabaster pieces by the great masters. I would go to museum in New York or Paris and stare at a statue for an hour straight. I feel the urge to touch it though that's usually forbidden! When I went to visit Musée Bourdelle in Paris, I sat in the atelier on my own for two hours just contemplating and staring at the room, as it's usually very quiet there, so much that the museum security came over several times to ask me if I was OK!
I wouldn't be the person I am today if I hadn't traveled so much since a young age. My parents took me on memorable trips as a kid, Africa, South America, China, and then I kept traveling on my own growing up. A lot of the best memories in my life were some moments in these trips. Traveling is almost a mystical experience, you are in a different country to explore, so unfamiliar, fascinating, on a quest to discover new wonders, and where nothing is routine and you just to live in the moment. Traveling has always brought me major inspiration, usually when I return from a trip, I'm extremely productive.
It may sound strange but my sense of smell is the most powerful when it comes to evoke memories and emotions. Sometimes a specific smell could make me remember of a moment I completely forgot about, or a sense of joy connected to a place. Smells and perfumes can provoke euphoria or nostalgia very easily. I adore perfumes and I collect the most precious ones I can find, people always tell me that I smell so good, they want to know what I'm wearing, but that's my alchemy and I keep it secret!
Since studying Greek Myths early on at school, I've been always fascinated by these fantastic stories of heroes and heroines, imaginary creatures (I'm obsessed with Sphinxes, they are my spirit animal, I see them everywhere, and of course they are the guardian of the unknown!), deities, and their legendary tales. It's fascinating to think they were originally created to explain the unexplainable, the mysteries, and everything magical at the eyes of our ancestors. I also love the fact that most heavenly bodies have mythological names, it's like connecting the dots for me!