Curator’s Statement by Nicole Hooks
Ciravolo’s mixed media paintings and collages focus on the human experience through various lenses, ranging widely from trauma to hope. The works shown in this exhibition explore narrative through a sense of movement and emotion.The figures move and twist, connecting and disconnecting each to the other.
“All description is a matter of mapping the unknown onto the known.”
Susan Stewart, On Longing
Women crowd into my work as actor, witness and vision. Each piece begins with a detail of character or story. Content emerges through experimentation and wrestling with the slipperiness and intractability of material. In ways that are surprising, I become the characters I've created or the story creates its own momentum and an alternate image is revealed. It is through being open to serendipity and a dedication to process that surprising images are revealed that surpass my knowledge and experience. It is this mapping of the unknown and unexpected that is generative and rewarding.
Jeanne Ciravolo is a local-based artist that serves as Vice President of the New Haven Paint & Clay Club, as well as a residing working member of ECOCA’s board. Having recently completed her MFA, Ciravolo’s work has transformed in style and execution, though still retaining its figurative qualities. We are proud to showcase this development in Ciravolo’s newest works.