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ABOUT 

Antonietta Ballerini is a self-taught artist passionate about analog collage and mixed media art. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to immigrant Italian parents, Antonietta draws inspiration from the amalgam of her childhood dreams and rural upbringing, deep feelings of interconnectedness, and the natural world. Through evocative and transcendent lenses, Antonietta contemplates the environment, life, and relationships to forge insights into an abstract, contemporary, and surreal visual language. Antonietta Ballerini works primarily with recycled materials and paper. 

 

 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

"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 materials, 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 urgency and fascination drives the evolution of each composition 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."

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