Some where else – CBK Emmen – De Fabriek – Emmen – NL
Karola Pezarro – Between Time – Museum Rijswijk – Rijswijk – NL
Duo exhibition with Martin Jarrie – Gallery Adorable – The Hague – NL
Absence of Where you are – Duo exhibition with photographer Guus Rijven – Kadmium – Delft – NL
True Nature – Exhibitions on authenticity, originality and truthfulness – Gallery Espace Enny – Laag Keppel -NL
Inna architektura – A Galerii Kobro – Lodz – Five artists from Germany and Poland – PL
Winter light – Light festival Schiedam – Video Carrousel – Rotterdam – NL
Winter light – Light festival Schiedam – Video sculpture Visions – Rotterdam – NL
OUTDOOR IN SITU INSTALLATIONS
Une vue de rêve – by Akunzo (Karola Pezarro & Aris de Bakker) for Sentier des Arts – on the border of the Gironde – Le Pôle-Nature – Vitrezay (17) – FR
Echo of the desert – Artist-in-residency in the Tankwa desert – Tankwa Artscape – ZA
La Grande Dame – By Akunzo for Vign’Art – Cuis (51) FR
Take a moment – By Akunzo for Horizons-Art-Nature en Sancy, Massif du Sancy (54) – FR
Intersection – By Akunzo for Art Trails in the Great Outdoors, The Mai Festival – Gesves – BE
Ou se trouve le petit chaperon rouge? – By Akunzo for Des Artistes en Campagne – Savins (77) – FR
Take a moment – Honored as ‘Favorite of the public’ – ‘L’oeuvre coup de coeur du public’
Art-Nature en Sancy 2018 – Massif du Sancy (54) – FR
Où se trouve le petit chaperon rouge? – Honored with the ‘Prix Land Art’. Des Artistes en Campagne – Savins (77) – FR
Absence of where you are – Curator and text publication: Ingrid van Santen – Kadmium – Delft – NL
Textilartist.org – I wrote an article on my artwork
Between time – Karola Pezarro, part 26 in the Haags Palet serie – A richly illustrated monograph about artist Karola Pezarro with an introduction by Sandra Spijkerman – ISBN 978-90-70003-27-2.
My work is based on a strong sense of wonder about the fragility of life, about how the human mind works, how you remember, how your thoughts fan out. In my artworks I ask questions about what you carry with you visibly or invisibly. I examine these questions in embroidery drawings, I represent them in carriers with light-hearted luggage and in video sculptures.
As much as Karola Pezarro gives expression to personal experiences and impressions in her spatial compositions and structures, so she explores who she is, what she goes through and has gone through in her plaster figures wrapped in tissue.
One element that binds her work together is the rounded egg shape. It symbolises the caring shell embracing a vulnerability that is developing or has already reached maturity. At the same time, the ovals create an almost resistant shell around the tangle of memories, thoughts, dreams and associations that make the internal worlds so complex.
The same strata of meanings are also expressed in her figures. No matter how coarsely they rise from the earth, they always have something fragile about them. They emerge from the interplay of intuition and rationality. The shape that the figures take determines the choice of materials to be used, the thickness of the threads and the form that they present themselves. A bent figure whose head is connected to a trunk that rises from the earth and which is encased in a diaphanous cape, is stilled in the cycle from the start to the end of life, and everything in between. In another figure, the clasps that keep her bound recall that every individual, alone and frail in the universe, is inextricably bound with her own destiny and circumstances.
Actions during the process of creation are almost rituals that lead to a different figure each time. The freedom that Pezarro feels to work from her intuition guides her in directions where the shroud is always intended to protect that which her figures express while at the same time, hide.