Antonietta Ballerini is a self-taught artist passionate about collage and mixed media. Born in Canada to Italian immigrant parents, Antonietta draws inspiration from the amalgam of dreams, nature, and spiritual practices. Through a creative, multifaceted, and transcendent lens, the contemplation of beingness and its environment transforms into a distinct visual language. Antonietta Ballerini works primarily with reclaimed papers and materials in an abstract, contemporary, and surreal style.
"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. Painting with paper and mixed media feels like discovering parts of an unknown landmark while its entire landscape mysteriously and simultaneously unfolds. Each adventure begins by allowing the soulful convergent flow of curiosity, imagination, and experimentation. I fancy the exploration of raw materials, cutting, sorting, and revisiting them before starting a collage and painting. With various elements on hand, I take risks randomly pasting pieces of paper, colors, and other mediums depending on the style of the day, composing layers and enabling forms, patterns, textures, and images to arise. Rarely do I begin with a fixed-end design in mind. Perfection is not the goal. Inner connection drives the evolution of each piece within a series as a dialogue culminates between the senses, my 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."