Presenting the Works of S.M. Stigliano
A small sampling of works to be exhibited March 31 – April 28, 2018
As an art educator, my studio work influences my teaching and vice versa. I am enjoying teaching oil painting at Pine Manor College. The activity reawakened my appreciation for the viscous, fluid quality of oil paint. After many years of making artist’s books and prints, the directness of the process is a forgotten surprise. I am painting “a la prima,” directly on the canvas without a guiding sketch. It is a pleasure to see a color and a shape, mix the color and use a brush to paint the envisioned shape. The moment of observation is immediately connected to the act of making art. In printmaking there is the requisite preparation of carving a block or etching a copper plate. In making artist’s books, I design all the two- and three- dimensional aspects before I assemble the book. I owe a debt to the members of the Malden Sketch Group who host weekly figure drawing sessions. Their support and camaraderie helped rekindle my love of a direct artistic experience in both drawing and painting. It is an indulgence for me to make this artwork. It must be the Catholic schoolgirl in me that believes a struggle is necessary to make the process worthwhile. In making woodcut prints I do enjoy the physical interaction with the material; in making etching I am inspired by the delicate grays and intricate lines possible. But there is something very intuitive and emotional about mixing and applying brushstrokes of color, no matter what the subject matter. These paintings are of humble subject matter and of a relatively small size, but this was in keeping with my choice to make art of immediacy.
Stephanie Mahan Stigliano is on the faculty of the Visual Arts Department at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Natick, MA and at Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, Mass. She is on the Board of The Boston Printmakers and editor of Member News and The Boston Printmakers Quarterly. She exhibited in Impressions II and will again exhibit at Gallery Blink in Lexington, Mass. in Impressions III in April of 2018.
In 2017, her print was included in New England on Paper: Contemporary Art in the Boston Athenaeum’s Prints and Photographs Collections. Her print was included in 2016: A State of Mind at the Lunder Gallery, Exeter, New Hamphire; and The Fourth National Monoprint/Monotype Juried Exhibition, Attleboro Arts Museum, Mass.
In Krakow, Poland with the Boston Printmakers, she contributed to a print portfolio with Faculty of The Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts. She participated in The Charles River Alphabet Prints portfolio and exhibited in the 2015 and 2017 Boston Printmakers North American Biennial at Lesley University College of Art and Design, Cambridge, Mass.
In 2014, she initiated a print project between students of The Technical College of Reykjavik and The Walnut Hill School for the Arts and taught a workshop to the women’s artist collective of Hurumzi Henna Art Gallery in Stonetown, Zanzibar, Tanzania. She exhibited her prints at Íslensk Grafík in Reykjavik, Iceland and the Newport Museum, Rhode Island. She exhibited in Poland with the traveling exhibition Correspondence: The 9th International Book Art Festival, 2012-2013. She contributed prints to Absence and Presence and books to Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here and her book was on the cover of July/August 2013 Art New England.
Her prints and artist’s books are in national and international collections: private, academic, corporate and public.
The works of S.M. Stigliano will be presented in conjunction with an exhibit of the works of C.A. Stigliano at The Gallery, 480 Main Street, Malden, MA on view March 31 – April 28, 2018.