Paola’s most recent project, Grandmother Power, shows grandmothers the world over to be vibrant and important to their communities, helping to alleviate social ailments of all stripes. Paola, who is a grandmother herself, says her three goals for Grandmother Power are “to contribute a significant amount to the grandmothers who are raising children orphaned by AIDS in 15 African countries, jostle people’s expectations about what it means to get older — I’m just tired of the stereotype of grandmothers being invisible women who are rocking, tatting in their rocking chairs, and third, my great dream is to engage grandmothers who are not yet involved in activism in changing the world.” Work from Grandmother Power has been exhibited at The Grand Rapids Public Museum in Michigan.
"You know, there are more grandmothers right now
than there have ever been in the history of the planet."
Of her oeuvre, Paola says, “I was determined that women’s voices should be heard. And they were not being heard. They were practically inaudible. So I saw that that was a particular contribution that I could make.”