The works of Italian artist Paola Rinaldi could best be described as “Informale.” In this style, Rinaldi reinterprets recognizable forms and assigns personal meaning to them. Her works center on the sphere of the female and explore the limits imposed on women by culture, age, and nationality. The titles of her paintings often speak to these concerns, while varying in their level of abstraction. Rigid squares may contain spheres marked by sharp, straight lines, or curved forms may take shape in recognizable imagery: bones, yarn, and kites. Rinaldi is interested in time’s capability to “modify everything,” and her thoughtful symmetries are simultaneously meditative and teeming with dynamic potential.
Color and texture are at the center of Rinaldi’s quest to express her emotions. She works with both oils and acrylics, in addition to recycled objects and mixed media supplies, such as ropes, nails, or cardboard. She also strives to communicate specific emotions through her color selections, where gray might indicate restlessness or indecision, and reds or oranges reflect passion. The artist lives and works in Modena, Italy.