ANNA CHIARA VALENTINI
Anna Chiara Valentini was born in Paris and moved to Rome, where she trained as an architect. She immediately began working in her profession, but in 2014 she realised that working in front of a computer for hours every day was restricting her too much. She was tired of it. It made her feel hemmed in, just an executor of digital commands. Instead of silencing the signals from her body, she followed them with curiosity. She discovered, by chance, Quilling, an art form that uses paper to make inventive creations, and she was hooked.
Stubbornly, she tried to make her first ornaments on her own, she got a taste for it and has made it her own. So much so that today, at 35, she has made working with paper her full-time job. Anna Chiara is passionate about calligraphy and beautiful writing. Consequently, she is thinking how to reinterpret our alphabet from her point of view, giving each letter its own personality - this is how “Alpha Beta Charta” took shape. Looking at it, you are struck by its shapes and lines, as well as the precision needed to control
the paper as she does. The artist feels what each letter could mean and then she lets it express that. Her creations have the strength of freed objects – just as she is, having left the fixed, immobile world of the machine to win back the handcrafted approach to artistic production. With great perseverance and precision, Anna Chiara Valentini has gone back to touching things, to measuring them again and discovering their tangible dimensions. Having demonstrated her knowledge of adapting the joints in the shapes and the sudden jolts of the paper, she gift us with vibrant letters. Through these letters we become aware of the beauty of the signs that belong to us, because, when they are combined, they give us the most precious
thing we have - words. A journey into the poetry of Anna Chiara Valentini, the paper sculptor who breathes life into the letters of the alphabet.
The story has been written by Martina Germani Riccardi, writer.