My abstraction series, Mind Full, is a break from rules and preconceptions. The work begins with a free-flowing mark of alcohol ink and follows up with layers of marks and papers. Each move plays off the next. There is no prior planning, but the process is a continuous play back and forth between materials and surfaces. The imagery is developed in the moment, driven by instinct and flow. It comes out of my own desire to bring more zen into my creative practice.
As a little girl, some of my earliest memories include my father taking my sisters and I out for a car ride. He’d grab us an ice cream and drive all to his favorite neighborhoods. We’d pick our favorite houses and discuss what life would be like if we lived there. We always appreciated the little details and complexities of old, historic design. This blossomed into a life long passion for my city and its architecture. I am fascinated by the stories of the people who once inhabited these structures. I love to reflect on better days, harder days, and the way time is the only thing separating both. The Chicago collection is dedicated to my love for my city and its inhabitants, past and present.
I am an observer, looking for inspiration in the world around me. I am hyper-aware of my surroundings. I am interested in spaces and places, as well as those who inhabit them. Each lake has a story, each mountain has a personality, and every building has a past- I want to tell it with my work! As I continue to investigate the world, my art documents the journey.
The body is an expression. It tells a narrative with each movement. I look at the figure to search for the story or celebrate its simple expressions. I am intrigued by how we move- the way an arm can hang, the small bend of a knee, the sharp twist of the back. For figure references, I attend live figure drawing events, document live music performances, or draw what I see on the street. All nude paintings are professional figure models.
I look for inspiration in the world around me. I capture the spirit of spaces and places, as well as those who inhabit them. I also create composite portraits from multiple faces. In these paintings, I capture the spirit and energy of the group dynamic, while maintaining their individual personalities.
My collage collection came out of a series I call, Ode to Charlotte Danielson. I collected research, experiences, and materials associated with my role as an educator in the public educational system. These are transformed to create a larger conversation about the engagement and disengagement of the students. The collages are layered with used and torn materials of an educator (rubrics, assessments, plans, standardized testing, charts, etc.), while the figures painted on the surface create a face for the often detached and standardized world of data that is so often at the center of important decision-making in schools. As the intricacies of their body language, behaviors, and expressions play back in my mind, I am inspired to create Ode to Charlotte Danielson to transform and reflect on the experiences.
Hands are an important symbol across many belief system. In some religions, the hand is a symbol of knowledge, judgement, and direction, while others study the hands interconnected relationship. Hands also play an important part in communication, language, and cultural identity. Being raised in a large and loud Italian family, I speak with my hands! The more passionate I become about a subject, the more I use my hands in a gestural language. Hands are a subject I will always come back to as a continuous series of development.