A top destination for fashion, lifestyle and arts, Central is collaborating with L’Officiel Thailand in holding the “Arianna Caroli: Artist in Residence” exhibition from Wednesday (February 7) to February 18, as part of its 70th anniversary celebrations.
Hailing from Orvieto in Italy, Caroli opened her studio in New York and it wasn’t long before her work was noticed by Gene Moore, the artistic director at Tiffany & Co. He asked her to produce some paintings for the store and art became her main career.
“I believe that communication is done textually and visually. Artistic communication can be accessible. It is not necessarily sophisticated or hard to see. Abstract art itself is open to interpretation. Right now, I am in the process of producing an artistic book with the unison of pictures and words to create a multidimensional communication about my own artistic journey,” Caroli says.
“As for flowers, I feel that they are miraculous in that they can communicate with everyone. Just open your mind and embrace their beauty and they will be ingrained in the depth of your heart. Flowers can connect you with the spiritual world and bring a great healing power to your soul.”
Caroli has presented her works and projects globally over the years, spending time to become acquainted with the unique elegance of each country she’s visited across Europe, the United States and in Southeast Asia. The artist is particularly fond of Thailand, which she visits regularly. Several pieces of her work were inspired by this country, and a sizeable number of Thai people are familiar with her work like the ‘Flora Miracle’ project for the 60th anniversary event for Central in 2007.
More than 30 pieces of work are being presented in the “Arianna Caroli: Artist in Residence” on Level G of Central Embassy. Caroli will be present in the Artist’s Loft daily from 4 to 8pm working her magic on canvas. Six outfits have been designed with her art to be on show, in addition to other exhibits. Commenting on this, she reveals, “I am interested to know how it would be if people can wear the beauty of art. That is why I had certain paintings printed on fabrics for cutting into dresses. I call it walking art.”
Shoppers will be able to buy her special edition shawls and tote bags for Bt990 and a chiffon shawl Bt1,990.
Each is limited to 2,000 pieces and available at the exhibition as well as at the Gift Exchange Counter on the second floor of Central Chidlom. A part of all proceeds will be donated to a charitable cause. The artist will lead workshops on book covers, acrylic painting and outfits for teddy bears on February 11, 17 and 18 at 11am and 2pm. Participation is limited to 20 people per session.
For reservation, contact the Concierge on Level G of Central Embassy or call (02) 119 7777, extensions 2001-3.