I use the figure to explore human emotions and transitional states. This process began with inks on board using distortion of the figure to best represent the fluid state of human growth, social evolution and emotion. I am currently expanding this concept using oils. Many of the figures represented here are based on my collection of vintage photos and “Asylum” images from the 19th century. The paintings most representative of anguish, suspicion or pain are based on that collection.
I tend to focus on the eyes, which reveal common stresses and turmoil. While the eyes mirror pain most human beings create a “mask” to hide true feelings or emotional states experienced through times of stress and the transitions that take place in body and soul. I try to represent what that mask may be hiding through distortion and abstraction. This, of course, is my own interpretation of the meaning behind the pained, despondent or apathetic looks reflected in their eyes. Old family photos and stories associated with them inspires me to create my own narrative for each image in an attempt to attach some type of reality to that individual, my way of conveying meaning rather than realistic reproduction. This is "my expressionism".
Annette Giaco was born in Alexandria, Louisiana in 1956. She completed her Bachelors degree at Louisiana Tech with brief post-graduate study at LSU-New Orleans in Urban Demographics. She studied art in California, Louisiana and Rome, Italy with an emphasis on painting. This path eventually led her into newspaper publishing as Director of Print Quality for Gannett Company where she worked for 30 years. Her publishing career included the use of graphics software such as Photoshop. This tool plays a huge part in the method she uses to distort and prepare images during the planning stages of each painting and drawing.
She is the current Marketing Chair for the West Main Artists Co-op and is a member of Tryon Painters & Sculptors. She is also a member of the Spartanburg Artists Guild where she enjoyed two successful shows in the Artists Guild Gallery and the Guild’s Annual Juried Show. She also actively participates in monthly exhibitions at The West Main Artist’s Co-op. Spartanburg Art Museum recently acquired one of her pieces into their permanent collection. She also works as a commissioned portrait artist.