|Closed newspaper kiosk, Piazza Mancini, Flaminio|
|Portrait of Alice by C215|
Pasquini grew up in Rome Prati quartiere, immersed in the '90s hip-hop scene, where she discovered SprayLiz--a comic book heroine whose specialty was political graffiti. Inspired, she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, took some coursework in animation in Madrid (where she earned an MA in Critical Arts Studies at the Universidad Computense), and lived for a year in London. Somewhere along the way--there's a certain vagueness in her own reports--"I specialized in old style animation and worked as an illustrator and set designer."
Having been warned that painting was dead, she became a painter. "'Art died with Duchamp, forget about drawing'--that's what my professors taught me and that's why I wanted to get out of the studio and the academy."
|A small portion of Alice's work at a bar/kiosk in |
Piazza Mancini, Flaminio
That said, in a current climate in which the best street art is recognized, encouraged and, in a certain way, contained, Pasquini has found accommodation with the "academy." In Rome, her work has been exhibited at MACRO (2014), the American Embassy (2013), the Casa dell'Architettura (2013, a sensational one-woman show), and most recently at the Temple University gallery on the Tevere (2015). In addition, it seems obvious that much of the Flaminio work--on kiosk businesses--was accomplished with permission.
|Army barracks, site of 2015 Outdoor Festival, opening Oct. 2|
One needn't depend on galleries to see Pasquini's work. There's plenty of it on Rome's walls and other surfaces--especially in Flaminio, where she lived for a time with fellow street artist C215 (an influence on her work), Quadraro, and San Lorenzo, where a major mural lines via dei Sabelli.
The via dei Sabelli mural (above and below) in San Lorenzo has a dark, threatening quality--one is tempted to say post-apocalyptic.
The elaborate work carried out in the basement of the Casa dell'Architettura, titled "Cave of Tales" (translated into English) also has that dark, foreboding quality, here suggesting that young women in the big city face a potentially difficult and threatening future.
|The challenges of the big city, rendered in something|
like German expressionist style
|Alice at work|
As you walk the city and come across the art of Alice Pasquini, consider, too, her words describing the dilemma of the street artist:
|Alice decorates a small trailer, courtyard of the Lanificio, a factory artspace, via di Pietralata, 59 (2013) . Dianne at right|