|The Painted Ladies|
|Little White Lines|
|George Washington Parkway|
My work draws inspiration from patterns and objects in the decorative arts and women in art history. Through my work I want to connect a viewer to a biographical and historical narrative. In“The Painted Ladies” series, I am composing images using period ceramics and textiles and creating symbolic portraits of inspirational women artists. The vessels and patterns are sourced from museum archives and auction listings. I’m particularly drawn to the history of the various crafts and the dissemination of cultural knowledge. For instance ceramic porcelain from the Far East was a highly coveted luxury item starting during the Renaissance and the trade routes east helped establish that “brand”, further fostering artistic emulation and creative exploration. The patterns in each image are based on researched historical sources as well. I’m particularly drawn to the history and linear structure of lace, as well. I relish the human touch in each stitch and loop as it builds and culminates into a storied shape.
I see my work as a conversation. It is a conversation with and between inspirational female figures. -Lavinia Fontana, Artemisia Gentislisch, Emily Carr, etc. Many of these women I was aware of prior to this series, but in revisiting these ladies, I uncover and learn more about the person behind the artwork. Through their journals and detailed research of their work, I feel personally connected to these women and invested in honoring their legacy. When I was first introduced to these women I was a college student, I now bring an additional three decades of life experiences to my understanding of their decisions and accomplishments. These portraits ignite my imagination and hopefully inspire a viewer to learn more.
Maremi grew up in Old Town, Alexandria.She earned a BFA from Cornell University and a MFA from Clemson University. She has had solo exhibitions at Glen Echo Park, The Rachel M. Schlesinger Art Center/NOVA, The Torpedo Factory, Radford University, Glenview Mansion, Rockville Arts Place, Ritz Carlton Georgetown and The Stimson Center, to name a few. Her work is in the collection of Restaurant Eve, JD Marriot, DC Commission for the Arts, Arlington County Arts Commission and many private collectors. In 2017 and 2018, she curating two pop up shows in vacant office space. This past year, she has focused my energies on participating in group shows. As a member of the Women’s Caucus for the Arts, she volunteers to promote art events on the WCA DC social media sites. Currently, she is showing work at a group show at the Corner Store Arts. In 2019, she will also particiapte in Joan Hisaoka’s Alchemical Vessels 2019 fundraiser and an international artist residency in Greve in Chianti, Italy. She lives and work in the Mount Vernon area.
Maremi Hooff Andreozzi