She studied in Naples and then moved to Rome. She has exhibited para-musical visual poetry since the early 80s and she used sound writing for exclusively aesthetic purposes with maximum inventive autonomy. Silence is central to her search for music for the eyes, a condition of tabula rasa highlighted with the pentagram, a constant sign, an extremely simplified, potentially infinite writing emblem, the ex-painter’s identity mark, used for the semiological and geometric qualities .
“There is a sector of visual writing that does not have a global historical category, foundation or name. It is the area of para-musical writing. The use of musical scripts purely for visual purposes. The rarity of critical literary connections and references on the subject has not helped divulge knowledge of this type of experience which is generally relegated to new types of writing. However, this absence of critical exchange has left Anna Tonelli total freedom to focus and use her imagination to find a way to express introversion in her poetry. The protagonist of all her phonic-spatial research is Silence. She illustrates Silence with an extremely simple emblem, ever present in music and potentially infinite: the pentagram”.