Fernanda Fedi is a book artist, painter, and sculptor. Born in Italy in 1940, she currently lives and works in Milan. Fedi attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Milan and graduated with a degree in art history in Bologna. Her specialization is in Museology and Museography at the University of Architecture in Milan. She is also trained as an Art Therapist. She has had fifty solo international exhibitions of her work since 1968.
After a long period devoted to geometrical and structural art (1968 to 1978) and a conceptual period (1978 to 1982) where the idea of absence was dominating, she has directed her research (since 1982 up to now) toward the sign and the written word as a way to gain back memory. Writing/sign/calligraphy: expressions of an interior world often associated to music, poetry, archaic languages of the imagination. One of her tallest bronze public sculptures Meeting of Memories
(4 meters high) is permanently exhibited at the Public Hospital Camelot in Gallarate/Varese, Italy.
Fedi is interested in artistic work of women and has organized interesting exhibitions such as Donna Arte Società
(Woman, Art, Society), 1978, at the Centro Formentini Brera in Milan. She has also organized 12 to 2000 The Reality of Women in the Arts
at the Palazzo Stelline, also in Milan. Her more recent work has been promoting exhibitions and conferences such as the ARCHIVIO LIBRI D’ARTISTA—Laboratorio 66
with artist Gino Gini.
She has been involved in artists’ books since 1980, the year when she realized her first book Silence
. To her, it is the artist who avails herself of every kind of material at her disposal in order to shape the book according to her idea, her interpretation, her thought. It’s the artist who hammers and creates the book without having to get help from others for its accomplishment: however, the artist book is essentially a book in one single copy or in a few copies which has been conceived, imagined, hammered by the artist.
Biography courtesy of Fernanda Fedi
Academy of Fine Arts, Milan, Italy
Academy of Fine Arts, Bologna, Italy
University of Architecture, Milan, Italy