We had the good fortune of connecting with Marc-Anthony Polizzi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marc-Anthony, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I consider myself a habitual maker. Someone who if left alone for long enough will unconsciously begin to adjust my surroundings. Idle hands will lead to hours of manipulating whatever materials are within reach. Over time I have developed a talent for figuring out spacial relations and constructing things that connect with people. However, this by itself doesn’t build a career. Especially in the arts. The arts demand more than the ability to simply make; It demands thought. I chose a career in the arts because it married my talent for making with the pursuit of knowledge. Every moment in the studio is an exploration of an idea, a new discovery waiting to be made. Each sculpture is a reminder of where I was, and an arrow pointing to where I will be.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I like to tell people who ask for a description of my work: “Take everything in your living room, paint it pink, and glue it to the ceiling.” Or in the case of the Sam Hill Warehouse Gallery at Prescott University, paint it turquoise. It isn’t hard to imagine the objects you interact with on a daily basis in an altered state. Allowing most people to already have a relationship with my installations before ever seeing them. This connection has always excited me, and allowed me to open up dialogs with viewers from all walks of life. Over the years I have learned a lot about my drive to create and how that relates to those around me. My work has moved from a monologue to a dialogue, and grown in ways I would never have expected. I have pushed forward through countless setbacks and rejections following an idea. For me the challenges both internal and external help to focus and develop my work.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
It may not be in the city exactly, but the McDowell Sonoran Preserve is a must visit. As someone who travels with rock climbing gear in his truck, I would definitely recommend a few days in the McDowell Mountains.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate this shout out to Sculpture Space inc (www.sculpturespace.org). Having the time and funding to explore and develop my ideas as a sculptor has always been a challenge. My residency with Sculpture Space not only gave me the confidence to move my ideas forward, but it also gave me a community to lean on throughout my career.