Mary Lou Alberetti
Mary Lou Alberetti : The Twain Shall Meet
Sept 5-Oct 1, 2016.
Reception Thursday, September 8th, from 5-8 PM.
Mixed media, oils, and ceramic reliefs comprise the works in Mary Lou Alberetti’s September show entitled The Twain Shall Meet. The artist uses architecture and architectural fragments – inspired by her travels and studies in Italy, Spain, France, Turkey and Morocco – as metaphors for the cultures as a whole. The distinct colors and motifs from these living, breathing cultures influence her works. From these often-ancient places, tradition, beauty, and the patina accrued by time become distilled as layered vignettes, delving into aesthetic and philosophical underpinnings of older civilizations and times.
Architecture is the basis for Mary Lou Alberetti’s mixed media , collage ceramic reliefs and sculpture,. Both the process and the theme are equally important considerations for the creation of these works. Summers spent in Italy, Spain, Turkey and France provided the resources and inspiration. Architectural references, some literal, some more abstract, offer an aura of timelessness and antiquity through the surfaces of multi-layered colors and textures. The artist seeks to create a poetic quality in her work by capturing the essence of light and color. Integration of media is accomplished by incorporating metals and paper into the ceramic reliefs. Reliefs are inspired by the collages as well as the collages informing the ceramic reliefs.
The work becomes an amalgam of drawing, painting and sculpture. The resulting works reflect fragmented architectural forms, with echoes of collective images of timelessness and antiquity, imbued with the artist’s fresh point of view.
Douglas Clement in an Art New England article (5/87) wrote of her reliefs…Alberetti‘s Tuscan Fragment is full of light and seems freshly plucked from some often–traveled Tuscany thoroughfare on a bright summer day. Alberetti, who has studied architecture in Italy, casts gems in the minute-the pleasant details that can bring back the mood of an entire region.
Mary Lou Alberetti is a studio artist and professor emerita from Southern Connecticut State University with an MFA degree from Arizona State University. She has a 35 year background in the arts and has worked with numerous art consultants and galleries. Her works are found in civic, private and corporate collections including HBO World Headquarters NYC and the Mint Museum of Art and Design, NC. Her work is found in Sculpting Clay by Leon Nigrosh Sculptural Ceramics by Peter King, www.guild.com. and 100Artists of New England by Ashley Rooney .You are invited to view her works at www.maryloualberetti.com