Essential Whispers Invisible – Suzanne Donazetti
Art is something that naturally exists in the intersections of life. It rests in the divide between the real and the ideal; where the everyday meets fantasy. With each viewing the sensibilities of the audience meets the intention of the artist.
Despite the natural intersections of art, few works feature as many as those of Suzanne Donazetti. Hers is a mix of traditional and unexpected; painting and sculpture. Her woven copper pieces provide an even greater depth as they join two individual works into a single piece, which guides the viewer on a further exploration of art.
Suzanne Donazetti’s latest works are on display now during her one-woman exhibition “Evolving Intersections”through August 3rd.
Two Become One
“It’s challenging to paint on two separate “canvases” in anticipation that they will weave together into a coherent piece. ‘Sometimes the magic works and sometimes it doesn’t.’”
Twilight Whispers – Suzanne Donazetti
Each of Donazetti’s works starts with two canvasses. Flat sheets of copper are the base upon which she builds paintings of ink and acrylic. She layers the colors on, and watches how they change and interact until she is satisfied.
Once the paint has dried Donazetti cuts the sheet of copper into strips. Those are then woven together, transforming two pieces into a single work.
Intersections Of Life
“The colors, shadows and light around Carrizozo are very inspiring to me, especially The Valley of Fires.”
Malpais Mysteries – Suzanne Donazetti
Art and life also intersect during periods of transition. New experiences and changes in one’s everyday patterns can awaken the senses and allow a person to see the world with fresh wonder. A recent move from Maryland back to New Mexico has provided Donazetti with just such a transition. Many viewers will see the familiar greens of the east coast in some works, while the vibrant hues of the southwest fill others.
Even the everyday intersections of camaraderie and nature come together to provide inspiration to Donazetti. Regular trips with friends to the malpais for moon-viewing parties are something she finds enjoyable and breathtaking.
Blending Of Illusions
“The feelings I would like the viewer to have are feelings of peace, calm, harmony…. almost a sense of meditation. I want the viewer to feel good when looking at my work”
Fire On The Mesa – Suzanne Donazetti
Though Donazetti’s inspiration is the land, the initial paintings on copper are not true to life. Rather they are impressions of what she sees and the feelings associated with it. Some familiar forms shine through, but the intent is more powerful. When that painting is combined with another in the final form, the viewer is presented with two similar but separate ideals, and is asked to explore them both.
This intersection, of reality and intent, causes another: that of the mundane and fantasy. For just a moment Donazetti’s art asks the viewer to leave the known behind and stroll through the calming worlds where change and joining of disparate entities are the norm.
Join Us On Friday July 24th During The Artist Reception For Suzanne Donazetti’s “Evolving Intersections” 5-8 PM.