Christine Varsane Chiocchio – Artist Statement

ChristineChiocchioChristine works in a variety of media, including painting, photography, and carving. Working in a studio overlooking the harbor in Stony Creek offers ample opportunity for Christine to draw inspiration. Her work is influenced by nature, the sea, and other cultures. She also enjoys “finding” art in unusual places…the tip of a burnt match, a coiled rope, a rusty bowl…all provide opportunities for expression.

Being an artist is not merely an occupation for Christine, but a lifestyle. Her work serves as a form of communication. The images that she sees become her words to convey an emotion, capture a moment in time, create a dialogue, stir a memory, or a smile. What Christine cannot convey through words, she conveys through art.

Through traveling, Christine expands her “vocabulary” by learning about other people and places. When she returns back to the studio, she is then able to take what she has learned and experienced and put it into her work. For instance, after a trip to New Zealand, Christine was motivated to learn the art of creating jewelry from carved bone and other found objects.

Christine also enjoys teaching art classes across the street from her home studio at Stony Creek Studios. As she appreciates her students’ progress and enthusiasm for learning, it enriches her own artistic experience.

Find her on Facebook at Christine Chiocchio Fine Art and Photography and “Carved Bone Jewelry and Art.”

Education:

Fairfield University, B.A. Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society
Paier College of Art
Lorenzo DeMedici Institute of Art, Florence, Italy
Guilford Art Center
Attended numerous painting workshops in New England

Selected list of Juried Shows and Exhibitions:

Bellevue Rug and Home, Newport RI; Junior League of Eastern Fairfield County, 22nd Annual Art Show; Donovan’s Reef; The Grove, Navigate Complexity; Shoreline Arts Trail; Friends and Company; Blackstone Library; Chamard Vineyards; City Wide Open Studios Erector Square;  CT American Society of Media Photographers Orange, Still River Editions in Danbury and Chester Gallery; Firehouse Art Gallery, Portraits; Guilford Art Center, Poser; Stony Creek Gallery, CT; Making Art History, Cupertino, CA; Lukacs Gallery, Fairfield CT; Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery; Neighborhood Music School; The Creative Muse; Greater New Haven Arts Council Member Show; Stony Creek Annual Summer Art Show (Honorable Mention)