Campus Creations: the interpretive work of Angelica Pileci

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Finding spontaneity in feminist painting

In her first abstract work, uOttawa artist Angelica Pileci captured the minds of viewers with her use of bold colors and bold brushstrokes. Now in her final year of studying education at U of O, Pileci says that while she’s never approached art formally, it’s been a constant in her life.

“I’ve always been into art,” Pileci said in a conversation with Fulcrum. “I’ve been interested in it all my life.”

Pileci’s art centers around ideas of femininity, feminism and social justice, drawing inspiration from artists like Banksy and Morgan Gray.

Her latest piece represents a new beginning for Pileci as she moves away from a precise and planned style towards a more spontaneous style.

“I was always planning my other artwork, with this one I was just going with the flow,” Pileci explained. “I worked on it for eight months, adding more as I went.”

This new style and method serve Pileci well: his final product begs to be seen, drawing in the viewer in search of meaning.

When asked how she hoped viewers would feel watching her article, Pileci said that by sharing this article on her Instagram, she “wanted to hear others’ interpretation and asked them to comment on what ‘they thought”.

The range of responses on her Instagram reflects Pileci’s goal for the viewer to have a personal experience with her artwork. Pileci shared some of those responses with Fulcrum.

To one viewer, the piece represented “the many stages of womanhood – womb, woman, rose”. For another viewer, the piece “harmonously blends three characters and the blue represents the fluidity of their unity”.

Pileci’s work creates space for the viewer, each color leaves room for a new interpretation. And that space is something that Pileci wishes to create more of, as she continues on this new, spontaneous path, moving away from perfection in her work and towards achieving, which she explains as, “work that elicits a people’s response.

The work now resides in the home of Pileci’s friend, Tatiana Haustant, where it serves as a constant space for reflection.

“Warm colors give you a feeling of warmth, a motherly hug I would say where you hold your inner child and let her know that she can be herself and that you will love her no matter what. Cooler colors remind you to protect yourself from people who can drain the heat you feel, be kind to everyone but careful.

The piece is impactful and allows Pileci’s purpose to shine through – every encounter with her is personal and worth remembering.

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