“By performing daily rituals we acknowledge our presence. Rituals make us feel grounded and remind us of experiences that invite reflection. I'm drawn especially to these votive objects or offerings that are given emotional and spiritual meaning that have been used across civilizations for protection and well being.” — Paola Rodriguez Arias
Paola Rodriguez Arias (b. 1975) is a visual artist and designer based in Geneva, Switzerland. With a background in fashion, jewelry and ceramic design, Paola’s inspiration for her current textile-based works are informed by her upbringing in Colombia and its rich tradition of handicraft. Paola creates her work through a meticulous process of coiling yarn onto panels to create symbolic compositions that incorporate references to found objects, figures and the natural landscape. Though the meditative act of constructing her compositions, Paola’s work is inherently contemplative, allowing her to imbue the work with votive-like meaning.
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