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GINA PIERLEONI

GINA PIERLEONI

Artist Information

County
Harford County
Phone
443-987-8756
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)
Prior to 2012

Artist Statement

My art work visually intertwines images of humanity and the sacred. The figure is the form through which these ideas move. Each mixed-media piece makes visible the transformations within the people they depict through obsessively drawing, painting, scratching, stenciling, printing, and sometimes collaged layers of older paintings. Words and patterns are added, these marks becoming a kind of inner dialogue made external. The figures emerge from a long history of surfaces and ghosted images. Some pieces can be in process for many years and the layering keeps intact the visual timeline that has occurred in creating them. The sewn figures echo this process … the stitching becomes drawing, the fabric is the paint and the attached objects form additional layers. Through collecting, cataloguing, repurposing and obsessively working, these figures are born. In every medium used, I think in terms of components or collections of ideas fitting together to make up a larger whole. This preoccupation mirrors our fractured lives and the way we are continually integrating experiences, information and relationships then piecing ourselves back together in order to rearrange ourselves again.

Artist Bio

M.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Mt. Royal School of Painting
B.F.A., College of New Rochelle (NY)
Gina Pierleoni is a mixed media artist who has been exhibiting professionally for 35 years. She has received numerous awards including three Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, one from the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and two nominations to participate in The Florence Biennale. In 2011, she was recognized as a ‘Hero in the MICA Community’. Pierleoni also received a Recognition of Scholarly and Creative Publications from HCC in 2015, 2013 & 2011. In addition to exhibitions, Pierleoni is involved as: a creative consultant (venues include Baltimore’s Contemporary Museum and 14kt. Cabaret), a book illustrator and as an arts activist.

Pierleoni has been an Adjunct Professor at Harford Community College since 1996 (Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media). From 2007-2013, Pierleoni served as an adjunct at TAI Sophia Institute of Transformative Leadership and Social Change in Laurel, MD. She leads traveling Cultivating Creativity workshops, making the creative process accessible to audiences beyond the art community.

WE ARE THEM, Pierleoni’s interactive exhibition, asks questions about inclusion, exclusion and how we decide. Pierleoni's work is represented in more than 150 public and private collections in the U.S. and Canada including Golden Artist Colors.

Pierleoni has been an Adjunct Professor at Harford Community College since 1996 (Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media). From 2007-2013, Pierleoni served as an adjunct at TAI Sophia Institute of Transformative Leadership and Social Change in Laurel, MD. She leads traveling Cultivating Creativity workshops, making the creative process accessible to audiences beyond the art community.

WE ARE THEM, Pierleoni’s interactive exhibition, asks questions about inclusion, exclusion and how we decide. Pierleoni's work is represented in more than 150 public and private collections in the U.S. and Canada including Golden Artist Colors.