The Wish Collector
By Paula Pietranera
Living a Zen life, Paula Pietranera delves in the richness and limitations of a single piece of paper to interpret the lights and shadows of the current times. An artist interested in origami techniques, Paula finds inspiration in the reductive approach of an ancient Japanese craft called renzuru, using cranes as a subtle language akin to Phillip Glass’ minimalist musical compositions. Every day she lays many cranes on a flat surface for a purpose. They are all interconnected and carry a wish hidden in their folds. In this story, Paula reflects on the meaning of her art in the context of the pandemic.