We are delighted to share the compelling work of Amber Chiozza.  Her artistry is multifaceted- on the creation side: intaglio printmaking master, book binder, watercolorist ; in the educational sphere she is a lecturer and associate professor of Art history and the Humanities, and finally at the operational level she is an Expert Conservator and installer of fine art.  Wow! What a powerhouse of skills!  Add to that preconception Amber's natural warmth and humor, and one still is not quite prepared to take in the work at the many levels it is presented.  

Chiozza's studies of insects, and the engineering marvels of their structures, satisfies an intellectual curiosity of both the form and function of her work.  The forms borrow from scientific illustration traditions, at once capturing both the delicacy of insect structures as well as the highly sensitive etching process.  The compositions offer a rich environment for inspection, and introspection.  When we move from one work to the next, the experience aggregates so that after the first couple of images, we start some internal dialog or anthropomorphization of how these beings construct their homes from materials found and  specialize for their exact use.  Capturing the various species in their natural element, Chiozza calls the viewer to consider what it means to survive in the elements and how evolutionary structures have developed over time.  One might consider parallel objectives to the human condition and catch themselves in a revelry of sorts.  Chiozza's art is solid, her technique and concept has been finely honed for an enriching and thoughtful fine art experience.  I hope you all can come and experience this wonderful series.  We are delighted to have Amber Chiotta join our ArtForma network, and look forward to her show for the May 11th Art Attack 2018.

-Dede Falcone

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Artist Statement

There are many ways that humans anthropomorphize insects’ behavior, including mythology and naming systems. I often highlight these behaviors, and their importance, in my own work. My focus has been on insects and arachnids for the past decade, particularly in conjunction with human fascination and repulsion with them. Their difference in scale, purpose, and form mesmerizes me, and I create books and prints as a means of sharing and furthering my enthusiasm for these often overlooked creatures.

This series focuses on insects that create their own habitats, creating two-dimensional bouquets of tools, flowers, insects and their constructed homes. Insects create shelters as elaborate as humans’ and studying the precision with which they do this offers endless fascination. In my work, I also consider the flowers with which these creatures associate, some attracting them in more than others, a display of evolution on both the insect and the flower's part.

  I work mainly with printmaking and book arts and find the tactility of metal and paper best expresses my imagery. These both cultivate the use of repetition, and a rich sense of time and narrative. Because both mediums are steeped in the tradition of fine art as well as scientific illustration, I find that I am able to walk the line between the two. Above all, I aim for my work to rouse curiosity about my chosen subject matter, inviting viewers to investigate the world in which humans and insects work and live. The world of insects should be celebrated not only for its ecological importance to humans, but also for the quiet beauty and diligence these tiny creatures contribute.