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Italian American Museum
Artiste Italiane
Women Artists of Italian Heritage

Artist: Irene Gennaro
Carved and oil painted poplar
33 x 40 6 in.

Irene Gennaro - Bio/Artist Statement:

Solo exhibitions include: The Sculptors Guild, NY / The Trenton City Museum, NJ / The Washington Co. Museum of Fine Art, Md. / Broadway Windows, NYU / LaGuardia C. College, NY / Edison C. College, Fl. / R.I.S.D. / Washington Square Windows, NYU / 55 Mercer Gallery, NY / Snug Harbor, Cultural Center, NY / The Kentuck Museum, Al. / Sinclair College, Ohio / John J. College, NY / Rosenthal Library, Queens College, NYand Elgin C. College, Ill.

Noted curator Ruth Newman, NYU - "The daughter of a Sicilian stone carver, Gennaro's father has been a potent creative influence in her life. As a second generation carver, Gennaro bears witness to a unique cultural history that she has reshaped and made her own." "The sculptures I create arise from my dreams or day-dreams. These images are I believe harvested from the subconscious. It is a method of realization that surprises and delights me while generously nurturing my work." Transformed animals, symbols, memento mori, mythology and familial memories inform the essence of Gennaro's sculptures.

Awards: The 1stinternationalopenartsresidency, Erétria, Greece / Fellowship & Stipend The National Academy Museum, NY / The Bronze Casting Award, Polich Art Works, NY / Symposium, La Féte Internationale de La Sculpture de Saint-Jean-Port-Joly, Quebec, Ca.

Quote: "Her integrity of relation to wood goes beyond the facile or the academic into the realm of the touched and the modeled, the plastically inspired;" Gerrit Henry, The Responsibility of Dreams, Washington Co. Museum of Fine Art, 2002

ICARUS is one of 13 Spirit Messengers that inhabit the series. The inspiration for this group of works was
suggested by a dream image where a group of left wings appeared as sentinels aligned and erect.

A process of exploration by drawing ensued. It was during this process, when the images emerged and became the Spirit Messenger series. Over the course of time with daily sketching and meditation, the individual Messengers
announced their identities.

Irene Gennaro

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