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Christy Zucarelli
updated: 02/24/2014
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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build no2
build no1
schoolhouse 1
untitled (dwelling1)
untitled (dwelling3)
untitled (dwelling2)
untitled (lipstick dwelling3)
red
teach me (detail)
teach me
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, architecture, text, process, repetition, spiritual, gestural, meditative
 
 
build no2 by Christy Zucarelli
build no2
pastel on paper
2007
18" x  24" 
build no1 by Christy Zucarelli
build no1
pastel on paper
2007
18" x  24" 
schoolhouse 1 by Christy Zucarelli
schoolhouse 1
black ink on paper
2009
9" x  12" 
untitled (dwelling1) by Christy Zucarelli
untitled (dwelling1)
pastel and graphite on paper
2007
10" x  24" 
untitled (dwelling3) by Christy Zucarelli
untitled (dwelling3)
graphite on paper
2007
10" x  24" 
untitled (dwelling2) by Christy Zucarelli
untitled (dwelling2)
graphite on paper
2007
10" x  24" 
untitled (lipstick dwelling3) by Christy Zucarelli
untitled (lipstick dwelling3)
lipstick on paper
2007
18" x  24" 
red by Christy Zucarelli
red
lipstick and graphite on tracing paper
2006
9" x  12" 
teach me (detail) by Christy Zucarelli
teach me (detail)
graphite, pastel, acrylic, on gessoed drywall
2008
48 " x  48 " 
teach me by Christy Zucarelli
teach me
graphite, pastel, acrylic, on gessoed drywall
2008
48 " x  48 " 

Artist Statement

Statement.

Private spaces interest me.  The idea of home, our personal, private dwellings, become central places in which we live our lives.  I refer to my recent works on paper as the dwelling series.  One may view the word dwelling as a kind of shelter; a basic need of ours in which we not only seek protection but a space to provide both privacy and pleasure.  Others may define the word as a state of mind.

 

I do not begin my work with preliminary sketches.  Rather, I begin with a mark.  This mark evolves into a collection of marks, which are influenced by intimate experiences, and an awareness of time, text, and man-made structure.  These elements are important to me for they give me a place to begin.  They have remained a constant in my work.  Although such elements stimulate me and prompt me to begin a work they become secondary, a kind of backdrop, to the making of the work.  Inevitably, the process takes first place.

 

I am interested in surface, space, line and structure.  While making a drawing I allow the line to dominate and pay close attention to the negative space, making certain to leave it untouched.  I am constantly and obsessively gravitating toward the center of the paper, seeking a sense of stability and placement.  My medium varies from elementary school pencils to lipsticks borrowed from my vanity.  I am attracted to these materials for a number of reasons…the pencil is simple and pure, the lipstick sensual and inviting.  I am attached to both in a very personal way.

 

In my work, it is important, in regard to the line, that I attain a certain degree of spontaneity and grace as well as a level of movement.  During the act of drawing (and painting) I continue to make choices such as: will the line be active or still?  will it repeat or stand alone?  Such choices lead to gestures, which are guided by feeling, but they are always subject to conscious judgment.  Little that remains in a finished piece is therefore, accidental.  The entire process leads toward a completed piece, which remains in a constant state of flux until it is fully resolved

Artist Bio / CV

I am a Buffalo born artist and define myself as a painter.  I received my Fine Art degrees from the following institutions: University of New York at Buffalo (BFA Painting/Minor Dance, 1997) and Daemen College of Amherst, New York (BFA Graphic Design, 1991).  In February 2009 I completed the Masters in Art Education Program at The City College of New York.

 

For the past decade I have shown at the following venues:  Albright Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY), Castellani Art Museum (Niagara University, NY), BoxHeart Gallery (Pittsburgh, PA), Gallery 164 (Buffalo, NY), School of Visual Arts (NY, NY), ATC Gallery (Chicago, IL), and Ceres Gallery (NY, NY).  I have participated in artist residencies in both rural (Ithaca, NY) and urban (NYC) settings and have received individual grants, which have provided the necessary funds for both exhibits and residencies.

 

My most current works are painted drawings on drywall.   I enjoy the way wet and dry materials take to the surface (the wet dries quickly, which in turn provides the immediacy that I seek while working, and the hard surface allows for drawing to take place while painting).  Also, the thinness of the drywall creates less distance between the painting and the wall therefore, creating a closer relationship between the two.  Working on drywall has brought me one step closer to my most recent interest: to paint directly on the wall.  While working on my paintings, I continue to make drawings on paper.