Antonietta Ballerini is a self-taught artist passionate about collage and mixed media. Born in 1967 to immigrant Italian parents in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Antonietta draws inspiration from the amalgam of her childhood dreams, a rural upbringing, and the beauty and mystery of the natural world. Through transcendent lenses, Antonietta contemplates life and the simplicity of being to convey a contemporary visual language. Antonietta Ballerini maintains a sustainable practice by using recycled materials and paper in her work.
"When I look at a blank canvas, a pile of books and magazines, a pair of scissors, paint, and a bottle of glue, I feel that childlike sense of wonder all over again. To paint with paper and mixed media feels like discovering parts of an unknown landmark while its entire landscape mysteriously and simultaneously unfolds. My artistic practice begins by allowing the soulful convergent flow of curiosity, experimentation, and imagination to arise. I fancy the exploration of raw elements, cutting, evaluating, and sorting what I have on hand before starting a collage and painting. In taking risks, I randomly glue and paste paper, colors, and other mediums depending on the style of the day, composing layers and enabling forms, patterns, textures, and images to come into being. Rarely do I start a project with a fixed-end design in mind. Perfection is not the ultimate goal. A sense of fascination and urgency drives the evolution of each composition as a dialogue culminates between the senses, the higher self, and the art.''
“My artwork happens intuitively and organically like a string of magical currents connecting to a higher grid; each piece manifests itself."