Toni Ann Serratelli
Medium: Painting and Printmaking

Studio Location:
183 Lorraine Street
Studio # 73, third floor


Artist Bio:
Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia & Rome, Italy
MFA- Printmaking & Painting

Fulbright Fellowship Grant to Italy: Painting & Etching

Parsons School of Art & Design/Bank Street College of Education
Graduate Art Education Program, certification to teach Visual Art pre-K-12 & Elementary Educator, K-6

La Scuola Lorenzo de Medici, Art Institute of Florence, Italy
Post-Baccalaureate studies: Painting, Etching

Montclair State University, NJ
Bachelor of Fine Art, Painting- Honors Program, minor in Nutrition & Food Science

Artist Statement:
The Brooklyn waterfront and the constant interchange of water over land are often starting points for my work. I draw, watercolor, or work directly onto etching plates outdoors and use these studies to help make larger oil paintings on linen in my studio. I received a Fulbright Grant to Italy years ago to research Byzantine paintings and icons and routinely started working outside during that time. As a child, I found solace under the guise of Catholicism after the violent, sudden death of my only sibling. Images which both helped and mystified me provoked a life-long fascination with religious icons, particularly Byzantine icons. I became interested in how visual intermediaries act as a depository for request, as conduit for thought and memory, or help elevate bodily awareness. I am a distance runner and time along the Brooklyn waterfront genuinely helps my studio work recall the reflection of light on water under all types of weather conditions. Through painting, etching and running outdoors, landscapes/seascapes have become my personal icons for my constantly changing relationship to loss.

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