Beatrice Pediconi is a multimedia artist whose research has, for years, been linked to an interdisciplinary practice that flows between a variety of traditional mediums in order to arrive at unprecedented formal and expressive methodologies.
Pediconi’s artistic process involves the use of water as a canvas. Impossible to completely control, this primary element allows the artist to explore universal questions related to notions of flux, displacement, and transformation. This fluid medium becomes the means by which Pediconi captures a flow of ephemeral images, painting and drawing through water in order to investigate the vestiges of an existence that reveals itself in all its fragility.
Over the course of many years, Pediconi has used numerous mediums to capture these temporary actions. These include photography, video, installation, and, most recently, the emulsion lift technique.
The search for equilibrium in natural, physical, and existential processes is where Pediconi’s investigation begins. The central themes of her practice include the shift between stillness and movement, creation and destruction, past and present. Pediconi is especially interested in representing transitions, most notably the dissolution of physical and temporal boundaries. Her work interrogates the adaptability of humankind and nature as well as our shared transitory and vulnerable condition while simultaneously exploring the inevitable push toward renewal and regeneration.
In 1995, Pediconi was awarded an Erasmus Scholarship to the National School of Architecture-La Villette in Paris, where she studied painting and art history. Pediconi earned a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Architecture from La Sapienza University, Rome in 1999. In 2008, she was invited to participate in the VII Biennial of Experimental Art, Saint Petersburg, Russia. She was also a recipient of the 2015 Videoinsight® prize for Italian artists.
Her work has been shown internationally in exhibitions including Cinema Ephemera, Central Brooklyn Public Library, NY, (2020); NUCLEUS/Imagining Science, Noorderlicht International Photography Festival, Groningen, The Netherlands (2017); The Other View: Italian Women 1965-2015, La Triennale di Milano, Italy (2016-17); Sequences VII, Real Time Art Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland (2015); Ensembles, La Photographie, Quand La Maison Européenne de la Photographie Collectionne, Les Rencontres d’Arles, France (2015); The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, New York (2013); The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography, Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, Oregon (2012).
Pediconi’s work has been acquired by numerous public and private institutions, such as La Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; Macro Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome; and Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy (2013), among others. Her work has been published and reviewed in international magazines, including Il Giornale dell’Arte; Artforum; Harper’s Magazine; Art in America; and Photograph Magazine.
Pediconi has completed residencies at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program (Woodside, California) (2019); Yaddo (Saratoga Springs, New York) (2018); and the Lucid Art Residency Program (Inverness, California) (2010).
Her monographs include RED (De Luca Editori D’Arte, Rome, 2011); No Trace (Contrasto, Rome, 2011); 9’/ Unlimited, Collezione Maramotti (2014); and Beatrice Pediconi: Something Alien (Danilo Montanari Editore, 2016).