Newspaper Interview (sorry I'm unable to reproduce it in a readable size)
LYNNE CIACCO: MY CALABRIA
Lynne Ciacco is excited to present her first solo painting exhibit in eleven years. Titled “My Calabria,” the 20 mixed media paintings showcase the deeply layered textures and weathered colours of the ancient palazzi found throughout southern Italy.
Inspired by a trip to visit her grandfather’s homeland in Calabria, Lynne recalls, “I was enchanted by the variety of palazzi that line the narrow streets in towns clinging to steep coastal and mountain cliffs. I stayed in one such palazzo, with cold marble floors, metre-thick walls and 5-metre high ceilings. The arched wooden doors and wrought iron balconies spoke of ancient times. I wanted to capture the emotions that the gorgeous, crumbling, highly textured facades stirred in me.”
Lynne knew that she would have to communicate her deep love of this region through her art. To do so, she developed a completely new method of art-making for herself. In each canvas, Lynne integrates acrylics, fabric, and photos with an expressionistic style of painting.
The warm colours, rich textures, slashed-into fabrics, and layered paint describe dwellings marked by centuries of daily lives. Through these canvases, the viewer experiences the profound sense of place, history, and emotion that Lynne felt when standing on cobblestoned Calabrian streets.
While Lynne is a multi-faceted artist, her first love is painting. Her creativity finds colourful expression through acrylics, mixed media, collage, and digital art. Past explorations have included work in such media as watercolour, textile arts, rug-hooking, art dolls, as well as illustration of children’s books. Lynne’s work has been exhibited at numerous public and private galleries on Canada’s east and west coasts, and collected internationally.
Lynne Ciacco was born and raised in Vancouver. She earned an Advanced Diploma in Painting from the Vancouver School of Art, and later obtained a Bachelor of Fine Art degree through the Emily Carr College of Art & Design. She moved to New Brunswick with her husband and child some 25 years ago, 19 of which have been spent in the village of Hillsborough. In a century-old farmhouse overlooking the fields along the Peticodiac River, Lynne cooks up her art in a home-based studio that was formerly a kitchen.
For a glimpse into Lynne’s many means of expression, visit her website at LynneCiaccoArt.weebly.com and keep up-to-date with her studio work on her art blog, Ragzedge.blogspot.com
Exhibit closes September 6, 2012