Tamara Ferioli was born in 1982 in Legnano (Milan). She lives and works in Milan. After studying at the School of Fine Arts in Lyon, she graduated from the Department of Painting at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. Tamara has exhibited her works in various museums and private galleries in Italy and Europe, including Padiglione Italia (Milan EXPO 2015); Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto, Venice (56th Venice Biennale); Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan; Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato; MAMbo, Bologna; State Institute for Culture, Sofia; the Civic Aquarium of Milan; CCCB - Centre de Cultura Contemporánia, Barcelona; Casa Testori, Novate Milanese; Palazzo Reale, Milan; Reggia di Venaria Reale; Triennale di Milano. In 2009, she was a finalist for the X Premio Cairo and the Terna Prize. In 2015, Tamara was in residence at La Napoule Art Foundation and in 2013, 2018 at SIM - Samband Islenskra Myndlistarmanna, in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Her artistic production speaks by way of many different languages, among those sculpture, installation, photography, drawing and applications on canvas.
She has a preference for the most unspoiled places on Earth. Her greatest love is the raw landscape of Iceland. It is where she stores plants, animals and other natural materials and objects that later form the soul and symbolic core of her art, which investigates the manifold forms of nature as a deposit of arcane laws of preservation and transmission.
In her drawing compositions and sculptural installations the syntax of life appears crystal clear and suspended in an eternal moment that becomes the quintessence of introspection. All happens in a state of solitude where the human presence is suavely summoned as witness to wonders in endless transformation, and possibly as a menace to their delicate and mysterious balance. All taxonomic separations disappear and the being can be rock, fossil, flower or leaf-like in the indistinct mixture of creation, but the entire appears harmonious and rational because every element finds spontaneously its place in a new ecosystem of signs.
“My artistic production is articulated through various forms of expression such as drawing, where we will see my hair like thin pencils signs, installation and sculpture made with natural elements and applications on photography.
I explore universal subjects: matter, nature, legend, beauty, shame and silence but also loneliness, love, the precariousness of things.
Sounds, rocks, landscape, flora and fauna, I use these elements as a starting point for study and contemplation and plan compositions around them looking for connections between the natural elements and the human soul, human interactions with the land and landscape.”