Tell me about the bears.
These bears have funny titles. We showed them in Miami in the Bass Museum, they’re full-grown size. This one is called “why am I climbing anyway” this one is called “I am Vitamin C,” and this one is called “I love my life,” “Freaking Yoga,” “Here comes the hunter” “it's not fair” and this one “mama no more diapers please”. These are really cute. I’ve been doing these for two years and people love the bears. And I like them but people really adore them. So its been like a big part of my life. I also do completely different works that have nothing to do with this.
I saw them in the book, so good. So how about this show?
When I was looking at this gallery, I had this vision of seventy baby bears this time. All different shapes, all different colors and all displayed in this big room so that when you will come at the end of April you will be able to walk through a sort of lagoon of baby bears. It will be this colorful kind of ocean.
Do you always focus on animals in your work?
No, it’s quite the opposite. If you see the other cover of my book — my book has two covers — this is a Piper Seneca, a real plane with two engines. It's at the entrance of Central Park. This was a public art project and this rotates forward.
I do very very different works.
So how do those connect?
They're all signed by Paola Pivi. That's the connection. You see, this is the airplane. They connect because I like freedom. I like to allow myself to take what I can take. And people can take much more than what usually they take.
So this is a large scale.
It's huge! It's a real airplane.
It seems like you’re working with large objects on a real scale.
Yeah, basically I like to play with things, you now? Things that I like. So, if the thing that I like is small, it ends up being small. If the thing that I like is big, it ends up being big. But it's not a rapid action of it. So this is another installation with 24 completely fake bear rugs. Like they're realistic.
They look very real.
They look completely real, but they are from eco-fur. They’re all fake. And so my work completely changes in different areas. This is an installation of rhinestones. Its sculpture covered in rhinestones and it's pretty big.