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Artist's Statement

When working on a piece, I think of Plato's quote, "Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depends on simplicity." Although he was speaking to music, it is the goal I am trying to achieve in each sculpture. The design may seem uncomplicated but at second glance something different may be seen. Art can sometimes intimidate the public, I want the viewer to feel comfortable and to enjoy looking at the piece. Hoping each time they come back to it, they see something new.

Once the fabrication of the sculpture is done they are sandblasted to clean the metal. Many of the interior pieces are then prime coated followed by application of paint by the artist. Larger exterior sculptures are sent out for powder coating, a process of "baking" paint that allows the piece to withstand the weather.

Biography

B.A. D'Alessandro has created sculptures in a variety of materials, but has been concentrating on steel for the last twenty years. Steel lends itself well to straight lines, angles and curves; the influence of geometric shapes is apparent in her sculptures. Taking "pre-formed" stock pieces of steel, the artist arranges and organizes them to create strong, balanced structures. Painting them black gives each its own elegance. Adding color in the past few years to selected pieces has given them a new boldness.

B.A. studied welding techniques at Silvermine Art Center, New Canaan with David Boyajian and followed him to his studio at The Sculpture Barn in New Fairfield, Connecticut. Presently, she is working with Bob Perucci at The 3rd Rail Studio, New Rochelle, New York.

Born in the Bronx and raised in Hartsdale, B.A. resides in White Plains, New York. She attended two Westchester County colleges, receiving an Associate of Arts degree at Briarcliff College and a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Studio Art with an emphasis in sculpture at Marymount College.

An award-winning sculptor exhibiting throughout Westchester and Fairfield counties, (The Katonah Museum of Art, The Carriage Barn, The Flinn Gallery and The Sculpture Barn), she is a member of Mamaroneck Artists Guild and is currently the President of the New Rochelle Art Association.




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