Francesca Azzara

Francesca Azzara fine artist, encaustic

Statement

My current work explores landscape grounds where familiarity feels unfamiliar. The work sits between near and far…painting and drawing…narrative and non-narrative representations.  These imagined landscapes emerge from a dream whereby the dreamer discovers a world that appears recognizable, yet it is one he/she has never seen.  It is a visit to a distant memory…one that cannot be fully recalled but can be comprehended.  It is that fleeting moment, the ambiguity in the psyche, which I strive to make real.

The fragility of wax and the task of manipulating it, offers constant challenges.  By its very nature, one must relinquish a certain amount of control as wax has a mind of its own.  The process becomes mesmerizing and can direct both the artist and the viewer away from the content and into the process.  I seek to guide the viewer to the intent and meaning that each piece expresses before focusing on the process.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS       

2013 Windows and Landscapes, Speakeasy Gallery, Boonton, NJ

2012 Musings, PTC Gallery, South Plainfield, NJ

2011 Running River, Red Bank Art Alliance, Red Bank, NJ
          An Artist’s Survey, OSI Gallery, Huntington, NY

2009 Fused, Scraped and Incised (Part 1) Watchung Arts Center, Watchung, NJ

2009 Fused, Scraped and Incised (Part 2) Treasure Room Gallery, NY, NY

2008 Windows and Whispers, NAWA Gallery, NYC

2007 Nesting, Ocean County Artist’s Guild, Island Heights, NJ
          Houses, Westfield Art Gallery, Westfield, NJ
          Recent Work, Park Ave. Club, Florham Park, NJ

2005 Encaustics, New Paintings, New Jersey Arts Guild, NJ

2001 From Paraffin to Beeswax, Les Malamut Gallery, Union, NJ

SELECTED FOUR TO SIX  PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2014 Inner Journey, Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown, Mass.

2013 Lay It On Me, Montclair Library, Montclair, NJ
          Bound Brook, Hamilton Gallery, Boundbrook, NJ

2012 OMG ,Watchung Arts Center, Watchung, NJ

2008 People With Out Clothes, Jersey City Studio Tour
Exhibit A Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ

2007 Mini Mania, Arts Guild of Rahway, NJ

2006 The McMansion Show, Barron Arts Center, Woodbridge, NJ

2005 Black and White, Jersey City Studio Tour

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013 Feathered and the Field, D and R Greenway Trust, Princeton, NJ
          RED, The “A” Gallery, Provincetown, Mass

2012  WAX, Brooklyn Artists Gym, Brooklyn, NY

2011 NJ Arts Annual, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ

2010,12 Small Works Show, City With Out Walls, Newark, NJ

2008,10 *Annual Juried Exhibition, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ

2007 Faculty Show, Center Gallery, Demarest, NJ2007
          Living with Art, Main Line Gallery, Haverford, Pa.

2006 Biennial, A.I.R. Gallery, NYC

2003 Wax, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Ill.

2003 *Annual State Exhibition, Monmouth Art Alliance, Red Bank, NJ

GRANTS AND AWARDS *

2012            JUROR’S AWARD & catalogue cover featured artist, Monmouth Museum

2007,08        HEART GRANT  from New Jersey State Council on Arts Program

2006            FEATURED ARTIST, Discover New Jersey Arts, www.jerseyarts.com

2005            BEST IN SHOW, Annual State Show, Monmouth Art Alliance

EDUCATION

Kean University, Union, NJ, BFA Studio Art

FIT NYC,  AAS Design

RELATED EXPERIENCE

VIDEOS: Francesca Azzara, Imagined Landscapes and Francesca Azzara Encaustic Workshops Part 1,2,3 & 4  You Tube

CURATED: Rediscovering an Ancient Medium, Watchung Arts Center, ‘09

JURIED:    Annual Jean Townsend Award Show, Monmouth Art Alliance,’10

TEACHES: Recent encaustic workshops: Newark Museum and the New Jersey Arts Guild

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