We can shape materials the way we like, but do we hear what they have to say? What is the quantic interaction between our cells and the environment? The sharing of the messages coming from the dialogue with the material is the aim of work by Pax, alias Pasquale Vaira.
Pax does not force a shape but it allows it to emerge from the structure of the stone, never using pneumatic tools or copying from a cast, even if that often means taking years to establish a correct dialogue with the stone. Stones have witnessed all sorts of events and changes, and a few of us can hear some of them whispering messages...as if they accumulated wisdom while sitting out there.
This can be called "universalist art", art that delivers universal messages.
It is more than a decade that Pax makes professional art, collaborates with galleries in London and in Italy, and has various private collectors. But he wasn't educated to become an artist. He always had a passion for art, he even worked as a museum guide at the Brera Gallery in Milan while he was a university student, but he was prepared to be a successful lawyer, cum laude, LSE master and all, and for a few years he did, in the City of London. Yet, when he first tried a chisel on a stone, out of curiosity, something shifted inside him and connected with a source of energy deeper than any achievement he had had. He started a one way journey to embrace and share his art. He has studio in Pietrasanta, Italy, at "la Polveriera", and one in Brixton, London.
la Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno, 29 Novembre 2016
9 April 2016, Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno
27 June 2011 Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno