Silvia Beccaria, Textile artist – Turin (Italy), 1965
After earning a degree in Philosophy and a master in Art Therapy from Turin’s University, Silvia Beccaria went on to study Textile Design and specialized in Fiber Art under the guidance of artist Martha Nieuwenhuijs.
From 1993 to 2000, she produced educational projects in which textile art is used as a means for rehabilitation and education, working as a consultant for facilities for psychiatric patients, prisoners, minors at risk, and the disabled. For a few years, from 2002 to 2007, she co-created with Marina Costantino some initiatives on textile art for the Educational Department of the Contemporary Arts Museum in Rivoli.
She works with mind and hands in symbiosis, venturing in research and daring experiments that allow her to investigate the past with a code that is at the same time contemporary and respectful of the ancient technical legacy of hand weaving. In her work, thread after thread, she extends the definition of “fiber” to embrace industrial, non-recycled, anonymous, marginal materials like pvc, rubber, plastic, latex, polyurethane and so on – materials that seem hard to associate with aesthetic quality, but which have the common trait of being “weavable”.
She selects materials for their consistency, elasticity, transparency and color, trapping them in the warp and yet leaving them free to move, creating a three-dimensional effect that is essential to her works’ charm. She creates textile artworks (tapestries and sculptures) and contemporary jewelry inspired by historical ruffs.
Some of her pieces are included in permanent collections; others have been showcased in international textile art exhibitions (Miniartextil, Fiber Art, Como; Trame d’Autore, Biennale Fiber Art, Chieri), in museums (Museo della Scienza, Naples; Museo Arti Decorative, Paris; Museo Vitraria, Venice), or in art galleries in Europe.