Teresa Camozzi

Teresa Camozzi

The nature’s order has fascinated me all my life; I have studied it in the form of the sacred geometry, dynamic symmetry of Greek and Egyptian art, the structures of humans and plants, and the five reg-ular geometric solids. Above all, I regard the human skeleton as my prime motivational source. It is my beleif that above all, artwork must resonate most accutely with our own nature. The skeletal structure is our own individual architecture. My art becomes a physical metaphor for achieving a balance between individuals and society, passion and intelligence, instinct and reason.

Plastic is my sculptural medium because its longevity makes a visceral statement. In fact, the plastic elements of my work may become archaeological finds in the future. My ongoing sculptural series, Time Pieces, is concerned with the preservation and documentation of our current natural and urban environment. Liquid plastic is poured into molds with such elements as photographs, letters, flora, stamps, feathers, broken glass, seeds, mechanical parts, computer chips, and international coins. It is through such juxtapositions that I present information. To know an object is to know its meaning, but seeing that object in relationship to another object often releases new and different meanings. After mold release, the poly resin bricks, cones, or slabs are configured into site-appropriate installations.

The completed piece may be bas relief, as with Preservation, installed at the Tribune Building in Oakland’s Jack London Square, or illuminated with a light box such as Indus River, installed in the fifth floor lobby of 160 Spear Street in San Francisco. Or it may be a montage series such as the one in the Zen Garden lobby and laser therapy room of the Mills Peninsula Health Center in San Mateo, California. (It is critical to note that these poly resin sculptures are intended primarily for indoor exhibit, as the material is sensitive to extreme sunlight and weather changes. An exterior exposure can be utilized provided the art is located on a north or west facing wall.)

Another one of my ongoing series explores elements of the natural world such as water, clouds, and flowers through photographs collaged with monoprints or paintings. The images document the change of seasons in the high Sierras of California, including sites in Yosemite. The scale of these commissions range from intimate, as with Persephone’s Release (8" x 16") to mural scale, as with Paiute Heritage (13’x 6’+). The archival quality photographic prints are made on the Canon 550/1100 copier, which allows manipulation of the size, color hue, texture and other features of the prints with the computer palette. I have been awarded several commissions for public art in the San Francisco Bay Area and have completed many commissions that are installed at major corporations in California, as enumerated on my vita.

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My work addresses the fragility of our environment, its beauty, and its desecration. My core belief is that the beauty of nature lifts us toward a higher state of spirituality and consciousness; by basing my art in the mathematics of nature I seek to achieve a balance of mind and heart. My objective is to assist viewers in attaining inner equilibrium so that they may make wise choices in their everyday lives and salvage our ecology.