It was no surprise when one of Saatchi Online’s senior curators highlighted mixed media artist Annie Terrazzo’s latest work this week. The portrait artist, who works in trash and newspapers, has a hot exhibition schedule and a growing following. I became a fan when she exhibited in Toronto last year. (Above: Fish Kiss 2)
“I love portraiture . . . but really wanted to find a new and interesting way to show it. Using the newspapers to tell the story or the headlines as the heart of the person I am drawing creates a fuller understanding of the subtext or the joke I’m trying to make.” –Artist Statement
The Los Angeles based artist overlays portraits on papers from around the world. The idea came to her on the tube into London after getting off a plane at Heathrow. The hundreds of discarded newspapers on the subway floor prompted her to imagine them as free art supplies, she says in her profile. “My work has always been about trash.”
Terrazzo covers her work in plastic and heat & light resistant glue. She says each page is a story, telling more than she could ever paint and that she wants the viewer to read her work, not just look.
Annie Terrazzo’s website, here.
Her work at Saatchi Online, here.