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Faith Vicinanza

Faith Vicinanza

"In a world that is often dark, politically, emotionally, environmentially, I find solace, communion, and joy in photographing nature, creating art bursting with color, and celebrating the aesthetic in everything. I envision a world that lives in peace and harmony, and bring that vision into my work as an artist and writer with the intent to inspire that vision in others, celebrating the light and embracing the dark."

Faith Vicinanza is a widely published poet, author, creative writing teacher, nature photographer, competitive ballroom dancer, artist (acrylics, oil, and mosaic work) and by day she works as a cybersecurity professional for an international securities exchange company. When not working, she is painting, dancing, and when the weather allows, she gardens.

Ms. Vicinanza stumbled onto dot painting just over three years ago when recovering from a serious illness and needed to slow down. Dot painting takes time, is very meditative and focused. The defining criterion for a dot painting is the technique itself - repeated imprints of a paint covered brush, dotting stick or other implement onto the painting surface and in doing so, there are recognizable 'dot' marks on the  painting surface. Pointillism, which leans more to being abstract than to having the discipline of a modern dot painting, is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image. Georges Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism. Modern dot painting, however, seeks a level of perfection and precision in the dots that is not inherent in pointillism.

In the current trend of coloring for adults as a form of relaxation, one of the most popular types of patterns to color is the mandala. Mandalas are usually circular geometric patterns. Some people find the drawing and coloring of a mandala meditative. Artists for whom dot painting is a primary form often use the mandala or characteristics of the mandala in their work. Ms. Vicinanza's work is sometimes driven by or centered on or informed by the idea of a mandala though not strictly.  In her often over-committed life, dot painting has become a way to stop, sit, clear her mind, be with the paint, the patterns, allowing her pieces to emerge organically and rarely does she have a set idea of where the painting will go. This approach produces unique, one-of-a-kind works that are distinct and drenched in color.

One of her mantras is "Slow down, enjoy the moment." Put another way, there is only this moment, watch it unfold, be in the moment, be with the paint, the rain, the new grass sprouting, with friends, the morning song birds, enjoy mixing colors, or a walk in the early hours of a new day.

Take your time with her paintings, look closely, it a while, meditate on the smallest detail, enjoy the moment.


4x4, multi-media, 18" x 18"

In The Beginning, acrylic on canvas board, 17" x 17"

Solar Eclipse, acrylic on canvas board, 21" x 31"

Matrix 5, multi-media, 27.5" x 27.5"

Matrix 6, multi-media, 27" x 31"

 

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