My work is process based in its focus on an array of classical artists’ approaches and multiple creative disciplines. My creative method draws from Postmodern ideas about fragmentation, serendipity, and truth as a contrived illusion.
As a self described interdisciplinary, cross-genre artist, poet, and photographer, my work is a pastiche of visual and textual elements imported into 3-D digital environments where the resultant images are choreographed as a theater piece utilizing theatrical lighting, staging and object characterization. Realized and instantiated as original limited edition prints, this work utilizes progressive visual technologies and traditional process approaches that exploit the interplay between the virtual and the real. The images included in this exhibition start out as collage based photography that is imported into a three dimensionally modeled space where the dichotomy of scale and illusory space can be experimented with, re-processed and rendered as essentially in-camera photo-collages.
I have accumulated decades of source images and texture photographs from my walks around Providence and New England cities and woodlands, and I use this library of visual samples to assemble and compose my initial photomontages.
My intention with this recent work, which is best described as an archeological inquiry, as if by deconstructing and dismantling language and object the inquirer can arrive at an understanding of the nature of perception itself. My process is additionally about multiple layers of perception and contrasting points of view. More specifically it is about the space between the layers, the unbreachable distance between one thing and another. It is about the indefinable gap that separates one person from another, an orange from a chair, a chair from a window, text from meaning. It is not only about what is there but also what is not there.
The process of merging, or overlaying layer upon layer is an evolutionary event, as the process of deciphering, or deconstructing is an archeological procedure. These images are multiple layers of multiple images, recording and merging into a journal of my process marking distance, absence, and presence.
Peter Ciccariello finds his inspiration in the fields and forests of Northeastern Connecticut. His work explores the fine lines between image and text, and is in constant inquiry about what is and what is not poetry. Ciccariello’s work has appeared in print and online, in, amongst other places, Poetry Magazine, Fogged Clarity, Hesa inprint, Leonardo On-Line, National Gallery of Writing, and MAINTENANT 7, A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art. See also his work at InvisibleNotes.Blogspot.com.