Opening Reception | Suzanne Donazetti’s “Weaving Sunshine”
5-7PM | August 2, 2013
Waxlander Art Gallery & Sculpture Garden
Canyon Road | Santa Fe, NM
Show Duration | July 30 – August 12
The Opening Reception for Suzanne Donazetti’s much-anticipated show, “Weaving Sunshine” is Friday, August 2 from 5-7PM. The Show is aptly named because when the words ‘weaving’ and ‘sunshine’ are broken down, they speak volumes to the grand purpose behind Suzanne’s light-centric vision of communal peace.
Weaving: Winding Through a Course, Avoiding Obstacles
One of Merriam Webster Dictionary’s many definitions of ‘weaving’ is: “to direct (as the body) in a winding or zigzag course especially to avoid obstacles.” Suzanne’s woven copper paintings are the result of merging two broken parts to form one solid whole. The finished product is the result of much planning and many years of weaving experience; and the final product is a beautiful, artfully crafted symbol of harmony, peace, integration, and differences coming together in a stunning compositional whole.
Sunshine: Warmth & Light
Merriam Webster defines ‘sunshine’ as: “the warmth and light given by the sun’s rays.” Many of Suzanne’s works pay homage to the warmth of the sun – that often taken-for-granted presence of light that illuminates our daily lives.
A Noble Vision
Suzanne’s underlying vision for her artwork is to breathe harmony, light and a sense of peace into the lives of those who view it. She has done many commissions for places that are often lacking light, hope and peace. Her works hang brightly in hospitals, banks and courtrooms (to list a few), and their presence serves as a reminder to passersby of the healing nature of harmony and warmth.
A Meaningful Journey
Suzanne is inspired by nature, whether it’s a soul-stirring New Mexican landscape or a peace-giving photograph of a waterscape. Her inspiration and desire to produce a final piece that embodies her vision, propels her to persevere through the time-consuming process of creating one of her signature woven copper paintings.
A Return to Painting
Suzanne’s first artist endeavor was painting, and although she has taken many detours along her lifelong art journey (through jewelry making, quilting and basketry), she has returned to painting. She considers herself a painter, even though a huge part of her process involves the tedious task of weaving copper – a medium that takes experience and finesse to manipulate in such a seamless manner.
“Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.” – Pablo Picasso
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