THE ART OF MARIE CONIGLIARO
SUBMITTED BY MARIE CONIGLIARO
The Art of Marie Conigliaro: Collage made the old-fashioned way, with vintage magazines and razor blades.
Marie Conigliaro's juxtaposition of images is a direct expression of the duality often experienced in day-to-day life. A vital part of the human condition is the feeling of existing within multiple realities, with the capacity to encounter seemingly contradictory emotions, ideas or attitudes simultaneously. Such is the draw of surrealism, and artists such as Hieronymus Bosch or Pieter Bruegel, as they offer imagery and fantasy of an antiqued, dreamlike quality that left a definite impression on a young Marie. For her, collage is a depiction of the fragmented nature of the world we live in, but also of its togetherness. Different and disjointed elements of this world and beyond can be brought together as one through this medium.
Marie is a vintage collage artist born in Danbury, Connecticut. After receiving her interior design degree Cum Laude from Paier College of Art, she began working for a large architecture firm in Hartford specializing in hospitality and casino design. After the 2008 crash and subsequent job loss due to economic downturn, she took a non-creative position in project management which later prompted her experimentation with collage as an answer to, and outlet for, her pent-up creativity. Marie currently resides in downtown Denver working full-time as office manager and accountant for an architecture, interiors and graphics firm. She enjoys making vintage collage in her spare time.
"I rarely set out to produce specific artwork, though thematic threads inevitably emerge. Space and nature themes provide a natural, organic familiarity, while vintage elements spawn pieces of art with an aged look and feel; reclaiming something old and evolving it into something simplified and modern. Relying mainly on my intuition, or the feel of the piece, I assimilate various elements to create an image that resonates with me in the moment. Often the results are simple and quirky, but sometimes they contain a more sober, philosophical undertone. Either way, the work is complete when I feel a strong connection is made with the image created."
- MARIE CONIGLIARO
This anatomical style is something new and different from previous works which are more pop surreal. What I'm really enjoying with this new series is the combination of bones/guts (something most would consider somewhat gross subject matter) with flowers, insects and birds (somewhat pleasant). Again, speaking to contrast and the combining of dualistic elements.