In her new body of work, Paganelli explores the notions of value, legacy, ethics, order and virtue. As a person who embraces change and believes that both art and life should have meaning, Paganelli is using her artistic practice to meditate on some of the most basic and critical human questions: how to be ethical, what is worthy of value, how to navigate in an increasingly diverse and complicated world and what kind of world we are creating and leaving behind for those who will follow. Paganelli has created a series of work that follows the structure of the alphabet, assigning a virtue to each letter. This group of intaglio prints showcases Paganelli’s personal iconography and storytelling style as well as her deep desire to see and create balance, both in her artwork and in the world at large. Images of bird and ravens, skulls and skeletons of buildings juxtapose with flowers, yarn, and pieces of script. Just like the virtues they are representing, these images tell a story, but the narratives are not always literal.
“Each piece is the result of an entire experience: the observation, the mood, the thoughts and feelings,” Paganelli says. As a result each piece calls the viewer to contemplate on the implications of the images and virtues.
“Raven’s Alphabet: A Collection of Virtues” will be on display through April 27. Sierra Arts is located at 17 S. Virginia St. Suite 120. For more information, visit sierra-art.org or www.epaganelli.com.