My passion is collecting the throwaways; the scraps, the forgotten, the broken pieces and lending them into unique works of art using tools, color, imagination and a dash of whimsy. I am one of the pioneer recyclers and sustainable artists before these terms existed or became popular. My work is either entirely made from re-purposed materials or have a high content of it. I was born an artist living and breathing color, design, drawing and the desire to learn a variety of techniques and abilities that might further my quest for injecting re-purposed items into my art. An artist my entire life meant the constant daydreaming, anything I saw triggered ideas, and my brain was inspired in many different directions from painting to designing furniture, creating wallpaper for my room, creating, painting, daydreaming as long as I can remember. My inspiration comes from everywhere and no place in particular; from nature, architecture, and people in their daily life, children playing and movement. Now I am a mix media and three dimensional paper artist, my signature pieces are made from coiled paper.  


My Story

 

I am a sustainable artist residing in Columbia, SC. Born of an Italian father and an American mother, I was raised in Northern Italy where my work won numerous prizes and awards in high school competitions. I made the United States my home in 1979.

Founder of Art Ecologie Group a movement of like minded sustainable artists that bring the Annual ecoFAB Trash Couture, an acclaimed inspirational recycled fashion show and the traveling show “Deja Vu” a display of each artist’secoFAB Trash Couture piece with wall art and a sculpted piece to show how each influenced each other.

One of 4 artists/designers, I was chosen to represent Sustainable Charlotte during the DNC in Charlotte North Carolina, September 2012, Her work can be seen at the Sustain Charlotte Offices in Charlotte, in her Studio in Columbia (by appointment)

A mixed, multi media and three dimensional artist, my signature pieces are made from coiled paper. I am a pioneer sustainable artists before these terms existed or became popular. My work is mostly made with repurposed materials.

I love the freedom of creating what I want from random objects. I am held to no parameters, I am sold to no particular media, I like them all and love to cross breed them. This allows me to create many fun pieces and allows me the ability to awe the viewer with a piece of disposed material that is turned into something so interesting when multiplied exponentially.

My work won the Charlotte ArtPop launching the 2014 inaugural event offered by the Arts and Science Council and Adams Outdoor, and I am one of the original group of artists chosen to be the inaugural Pop Up Gallery trend that started in Ballantyne Village.

Exhibits:
2018 A sustainable show - Gaston County Museum or Art NC (Feb-Jul)
2017 Figure Out / Condom Couture - Tapp's Art Center, Columbia SC (Sept)
2017 The Great Barrier - a 40' plastic and paper installation of the Barrier Reef (Aug)
2017 Solo Show - Tapp's Art Center, Columbia SC (Aug)
2017 Deja Vu - Tapp's Art Center, Columbia SC (Jun-Jul)
2017 ArtFields, Lake City, SC ecoFAB exhibit (Apr)
2017 Anastasia & Friends Gallery, Columbia SC - Reinvented a Sustainable Show (Feb)
2016 Deja Vu exhibits - Tapp's Art Center, Columbia SC (Apr-Sep)
2016 ecoFAB Exhibit - The Hive Gastonia (May-Oct)
2016 Art Institute of Charlotte NC - Guinean Gallery Educational Gallery Show (6 months)
2015 DA's office, Charlotte NC - a collective show (1 month)
2014 Actors Theater of Charlotte – Passing Strange
2014 Projective Eye Gallery, UNCC, Sustain Me Baby
2014 Charlotte Art League, Charlotte NC – members exhibit
2014 Actors Theater of Charlotte – Homeward Bound®
2013 Hart Witzen Gallery, Charlotte NC - Showdown Exhibit
2013 Art Depot, Mooresville NC – members only
2012 Hart Witzen Gallery, Charlotte NC - Showdown Exhibit             
2012 Charlotte Art League, Charlotte NC - My Carolina Home            

Events:
2017 Masquerade @ McKenna Museum of Art, Columbia SC
2017 Statewide ArtConference - Artist representation, Columbia SC
2017 ecoFAB Trash Couture 2017 @ Tapp's Art Center, Columbia SC
2017 Outdoor is In - A trash on show made of recycled billboard vinyl, New Orleans (May)
2016 ecoFAB Trash Couture 2016 - Discover You, Mount Holly NC (May)
2016 ecoFAB presentation for the Moschino Show @ The Mint Museum - Sunday Fun Day ecoFAB
2015 ecoFAB Trash Couture Show - Ballantine Village & Art Ecologie Group, Charlotte NC - (Sept)
2015 BAllantyne Village Eco Expo (Sep)
2015 Freedom Park Art Flash, Charlotte (Sep)
2015 Ballantyne Village Gallery PopUp - continued art representation
2015 Charlotte Art Guild Featured Artist (November)
2015 Discovery Place Mini Maker Fair - ecoFAB representing (Oct)
2015 Déjà vu Show @ Gaston County Arts NC - (Aug)
2015 Art Fest Noda - (Aug)
2015 Aloft Hotel - Featured Artist (July 2015-Jan2016)
2015 220 Café Statesville - Featured Artist (Jun-Sept)
2015 Disappearing Frog Show - Gastonia SC (Apr)
2015 Light Up Literacy - Themed art work for Educational Fundraiser
2015 Bank Of America ASC Art Appreciation Day (Mar)
2015 Actors Theatre Charlotte - Stick Fly Art Display (Feb)
2015 Duke energy ASC kickoff - Art Is Life Fundraiser Show (Feb)
2015 Art With Heart Fundraiser - Donated two Pieces for the Fundraiser (Feb)
2015 Domtar Sales Week Participation - Featured Artist (Jan)
2014 Mitchell Community College - Featured Artist (Oct)
2014 Ballantyne Village Gallery PopUp Chosen Artist (Aug 2014-Present)
2014 ASC featured artist ArtPop Winner
2014 Actors Theatre Charlotte Featured Artist
2014 Art With Heart Fundraiser - Donated two pieces for the Fundraiser
2014 Kinnetic works meet ecoFAB Trash Couture
2014 ecoFAB Trash Couture Show UNCC & Art Ecologie Group, Charlotte NC – (May)
2013 Packard Place Gallery – Queen City Soup
2013 EpiCentre, Charlotte NC - Sip & stroll Art Festival    
2013 Packard Place Gallery – sip and stroll
2013 ecoFAB trash Couture Art Fusion – Mint Museum Randolph, Charlotte
2013 ecoFAB Trash Couture Show Art Ecologie Group, Charlotte NC - (May) 
2012 Art Depot, Mooresville NC – ArtOberFest 201
2012 Packard Place Gallery – sip and stroll
2012 Resurrection, Charlotte NC - A forum on Sustainable Fashion
2012 EpiCentre, Charlotte NC - Sip & stroll Art Festival
2012 NoDaRioty, Charlotte NC     - All Arts Mart
2012 Green Goats and Gardens Festival - Sustainable art show    
2012 Charlotte Seen - Passport for Fashion
2011 Charlotte Seen - Passport for Fashion
2011 NoDaRioty, Charlotte NC     - All Arts Mart                    
2010 Charlotte Seen - Passport for Fashion
2010 NoDaRioty, Charlotte NC       

My artwork was/is in display at:
Gallery West, Columbia SC
Anastasia & Friends Gallery, Columbia SC
Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia SC
Tapp's Art Center, Columbia SC
Aloft Hotel Ballantyne, Charlotte, NC
New South Gallery, Statesville, NC
Ciel Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Mona Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Stewart Village Gallery, Waxhaw, NC    

2011-Founded The Art Ecologie Group a movement of recycling sustainable artists
Established the Art Ecologie Group Spring of 2012 to promote an alternated forum for Art, Artists and Art Enthusiasts by creating a yearly trashion show "ecoFAB Trash Couture" and subsequent traveling Show "Deja Vu" art show