Isabella Pitisci, was born in 1969 and died in 2013. She began exhibiting work from the very beginning of her photography degree at Camberwell College of Arts in 2004. Her creative career spans a series of solo and group exhibitions that took place in various locations, from the Frieze Art Fair, Morley Gallery, Central Space, The Royal Institution of Great Britain, Flat Time House and Martello St Studios, to The Gallery Ipswich and Bury St Edmonds Art Gallery. Concerned with exploring the phenomenological experience of her viewers, Pitisci’s site-specific installations in Queens Wood, London and St Marys-at-the-Quay, Ipswich are particularly prominent in her creative oeuvre. Recognised for her creative endeavours Pitisci was presented with two separate professional development awards, one funded by the Royal Female School of Art Foundation associated with Morley College, and another from London College of Communication for her Media Design.

Keen to share her experiences and knowledge with others, Pitisci studied a PGCE and began teaching art students at Suffolk School of Arts in 2009, whilst also nurturing her own photography practice.

Isabella Pitisci’s life was cut short by her untimely death in 2013, this website serves to celebrate and memorise her creative excellence.

About her Work

Pitisci worked with a desire to collapse the boundaries between image and object. In a quest for material representation and re-embodiment, her work aimed to exhibit the objectness of both the apparatus of the image, and the image itself.

The material on which the image is printed serves as a symbolic dimension in Pitisci’s work, encouraging us to see the image as an object, Pitisci flooded her images with concepts by experimenting with the positioning of the image and the apparatus in a three-dimensional space. From the physical traces and index of time, scratches and dust, through to the uncanny physical absence of the image itself, her work draws out an images physical connection with the material world.

The work is thematically and formally pensive and self-reflexive. The tropes it explores pertain to the archive, and the form of her work becomes a language describing an idea, or rather, to be truer to the spirit of the work, it is through its very materiality that the work acquires meaning. Pitisci seduces the viewer into a phenomenological experience with the object. The work has a life of its own and the viewer is invited to let the object mirror their sensibility and their own desires. After all, ‘it is the object which thinks us’.

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Sleeping Beauty


'Best known for her large-scale-site-specific work that attempts to collapse the boundaries between image and object, Isabella Pitisci has for the group exhibition Woodland Wonders decided to work on a much smaller scale whilst still working on familiar conceptual grounds, that touch on issues such as nature, the body, the everyday and the ephemeral.
For the special occasion of the exhibition, which is taking place throughout September 2011 in and around the Anglican Chapel of Nunhead Cemetery, Southwark, London, Pitisci produced a gold leaf, in the strictest literal sense of the term as she gilded a real holy leaf with 22-carat gold. The bear leaf was found in Nunhead Cemetery and returned to its natural environment, gilded.
Pitisci’s work invariably asks the viewer to be seduced into a phenomenological experience and enquiry with image turned object and object turned image. The image-object / object-image has a life of its own and the viewer is invited to let it mirror her/his sensibility, her/his own desires, her/his fantasies, her/his conscious or unconscious sets of symbols, be they personal or universal.
Beyond the personal, Pitisci always attempts to make reference in her work to issues and contemporary events that concern us all. In this vein, and beyond the conceptual and aesthetical qualities of Sleeping Beauty, lie much more practical and ‘down to earth’ concerns as recent news announced that a groundbreaking independent report involving research by hundreds of UK scientists – The National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA) – has estimated the value of UK nature to fifty billion pounds; NEA concluded that “the health benefits of merely living close to a green space are worth up to £300 per person per year” (BBC News Science & Environment website, June 2011)'
- Taken from the Woodland Wonders press release, September 2011