The Art of Female Empowerment
Our March featured artist is Kristen Iannuzzelli, whom we met during our group show with The Wae Center last November. Kristen previously exhibited her work at The George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University, JCC Metrowest, Rutgers Newark School of Medicine, and Gaelen Art Gallery. She was awarded the 2016 Artist of the Month for Healing Arts Atlantic Health System. The exhibit will open to the public on Friday March 9 from 6 - 8 PM and will run through April 2.
Some words from Kristen: "I have been drawing and painting since I was 3 years old. I got interested in art watching Bob Ross’s “The Joy of Painting” on PBS when I was a toddler. I liked his techniques. As I grew older I started drawing portraits and characters from the video games that I played. I also had a pet cat named Max from 1990-2004 and he inspired me to draw cats.
People and current events inspire my artwork. I became more interested in drawing women when I started drawing people using more details. I found that women were easier and more comfortable for me to draw. It also feels more personal for me to draw women. The details in my drawings are extremely important to me. I use them to show awareness about everything women go through in life such as puberty, pregnancy, different types of cancer, menopause, etc. Some of the women I create are inspired by people in my life and others are imaginary characters I see in my mind. Other times I draw women to highlight women’s rights and human rights awareness. I do this by showcasing diverse families and couples. In addition to women’s rights, I sometimes use my art to raise awareness of other issues in the world, especially LGBTQIA rights, animal cruelty, climate change, and other causes.
I work with acrylic paint, Sharpie markers, brush markers, paint markers, pastels & watercolors. I love using markers because the pigmentations are beautiful and pop easily once drawn. I use less pressure with the brush markers and the acrylic paint markers than I do when using Sharpie markers. I prefer the coating of ink to be as thick as possible when I color whatever I draw on paper. However, when I do comic strips I use thin-tipped art utensils. I enjoy doing portraits the most because they are my specialty.
I would hope my artwork makes people smile."