Paolo Giardi works across a variety of disciplines producing art that explores the technique of the montage.
This has led to a fascination with, and exploration of, the languages of citation, allusion and adaptation. Through the exercise of association, he simultaneously attempts to manipulate and transport existing images out of their original context, blurring the experiences of memory and perception.
Giardi has never been an artist who paints exclusively; his background is also that of a window dresser, an illustrator, a retail designer, a print maker, and all these layers are clearly visible in his work. The sense of displacement, generated by a combination of different and yet vaguely familiar idioms, recognisable found imagery and more abstract/graphic design elements, evokes the nature of a forgotten or distant memory.
Such imagery could be at once both alarming and amusing to the viewer.
What lays before our eyes becomes a hieroglyph to be deciphered.
Paolo Giardi lives and works in London, UK.
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