Chiara No’s practice is to redefine and re-construct materials by stripping them of their original purpose and cultural significance, therefor reducing them to objects qua objects. Through the recalibration of these objects, she intends to illicit pure aesthetic seduction. The objects avoid didacticism and social critique; not out of anti-intellectualism, but rather out of an indifference towards intellect. By presenting streamers and embroideries without origin, context, or function, the work’s intent is to highlight their inherent beauty. They are feral forms, practical items which have escaped their domestic sphere. Wholly superficial and unconcerned with wit or place, they lean toward an existential happiness, an emotional zone where the pieces’ essential nothingness is in fact its content. And, grouped together, the pieces play against each other, exhibiting an even stronger, more congenial emptiness that defies both original and new milieu; they emphasize that an accumulation of everything is still nothing.
Chiara No (b.1981) is a Baltimore artist now living in Chicago, Illinois. Through installations, handmade books and objects, Chiara constructs an environment that is subtlety experiential and feral. She received her degree in Art History from Towson University in Towson, Maryland, studied environmental art at the Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, Scotland and has recently graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Post- Baccalaureate in Painting and Drawing.
More information about Chiara No can be found at www.chiaraforsale.com
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