A well crafted artist statement is an important part of an exhibition. Whether brief or detailed, it helps the viewer learn about the artist’s background and his/her work on display. The 6 artists in our current exhibit have written about how their work relates to the exhibit’s theme of Shadows and Memories. Here is what Francesca Azzara has to say in her statement:
“Memories: remembering the moments or feelings about what has passed. Shadows, besides the physical shadows we can see, metaphorically a shadow can be a “veil” over our feelings, a dark corner in our psyche or the remnant of a moment in time.
For this exhibition, I specifically chose several works from my Sandy series. These were inspired by the devastation and feelings of hopelessness created from the aftermath of super storm Sandy. I spent many days at the Jersey shore soon after the storm, driving through my beloved beach communities. It was hard to comprehend, those decades of industrious work by man; it could all be washed away in a few short hours. What remained were gutted buildings and communities left with the memories and shadows of earlier times.
This work is a combination of encaustic with: paint, collage and mixed media.”