Constanza Piaggio studied at the School of Creative Photography (EFC) and at the Sindicato de la Industria Cinematografica Argentina (SICA). In 2004 she earned a Masters in fine art with a specialization in photography and cinematography. As a student, she had intensive training in the areas of art history, and color and curatorial theory. Since completing her studies, Piaggio has been very active in her field, and has participated in art fairs, group, and solo exhibitions in Argentina, the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Switzerland, and Spain.
We are featuring two bodies of Piaggio's work, Trompe L'Oeil and Metal Meteorites. In her work, Trompe L'Oeil, Piaggio draws on all her areas of expertise to construct a scene, an alternate world, and a suggested narrative. Through the use of theatrical lights she refers to the visual language of cinema and theater, working to suggest narrative and to emphasize un-reality. The artist does not merely freeze action, rather captures the moments between moments- the instant before action. Time is suspended and the sense of solitude is intense, almost piercing, and is the thread that links the works of the series. Metal Meteorites is a plastic and formal visual study that combines still frames from the artist's personal image-archive; dry pigments; and, in some images, color grounds. Rather than collages, Piaggio considers her integrations of these base elements "interventions." The works are instinctive and elemental, playful, and spontaneous. Like visual haikus- the prints are concise yet expansive. Indeed, this project is a cumulative one.