“My hope and plan for the new studio environment are to be able to have the time, resources, and space to create the larger pieces I have been dreaming about for so long,” explains D’Aquino.
All four of us, each a visual artist of one kind or another, saw “it” at the same moment. The potential of glass to be lit from behind by reflection while setting upright in a wood base. Abstracts, representationals, portraits, manipulables, different colors overlapping and creating secondary and tertiary colors, shapes and negative spaces combining to make new shapes and spaces.
Honestly, art is such a subjective thing. All art is not made for all people. You should expose yourself to all kinds of art and decide what speaks to you the most fully. The art historian Kenneth Clark said that when you first lay eyes on a wonderful work of art, it “sings.” It should be for the love of what you are seeing.
Susan Bennett is one of the talented artists at The Works, one of six galleries at Studios on Maine Art Hill. She is an accomplished sculptor who has always called Maine home. Working mainly with steel and carbon steel she creates abstract sculpture representing her views of nature.
Even from her earliest memories all D’Aquino ever wanted to be an artist. She received her BS in Design from The State University College of New York at Buffalo in 1989; and her MFA in Jewelry/Metalsmithing from Kent State University in 1999. Later she went on to teach and use her skills and talents to help grown new artists. Then came the day it was time for something more.
“That’s when things took off. My “Antique Airships” and “Retro Rockets” have been an evolution of this process of fanciful combinations,” says Random. “Combining parts requires special attention to the details of conformity. If a rocket includes a lot of beautifully tarnished silverplate, you can’t just throw in a piece of brass, even if the shape is perfect.” That same sensibility does not permit a component from the 1950s, for example, to be used in combination with one from the 1890s.
“I work with water-based materials because they are immediately responsive. They remind me that life does not allow for ‘do-overs’,” she shares. “The only certain thing is here, now.” The fluidity of her materials allows Marta to be spontaneous and curious which is essential to crafting a painting or series of paintings. “There is nothing better than a drop of water with paint merging into it,” shares Marta.
“I dedicated much of my early career to the development of technique and refining my craft. I do my best to honor traditional Italian glassmaking techniques,” says Webster, “ but I create unique one-of-a-kind pieces. Made by hand, start to finish, one vessel at a time.”
A new three-dimension art gallery. Representing 10 new local artists and displaying their work year round. We are open daily at 10 am. Please wander up Chase Hill and take a peek.