Artist Statement

City Stories 22

For decades I painted land and seascapes. The wild spoke to me, and I was artistically inspired by the movement, texture and colour of the natural world. Then that changed suddenly, and my canvases were filled with cityscapes – buildings and bridges, iron, stone and metal textures. I was stunned yet excited that my creative force had taken me into such a foreign environment, but it had, and I followed. Over the past few years I have watched as my cityscapes expanded and contracted; formed, evolved, shattered and disintegrated. I have watched the lights in the buildings turn on and go out, and the cities grow in complexity and contrast. As was the case with my previous path, this one was largely fed by the nonverbal drives within me to express something of our collective truth. This path has given me buildings as vocabulary and as I enter further into the city in my new work, I use this visual vocabulary to tell both internal and external stories. Viewers can look deep inside the buildings to find worlds all their own.

Carmela Casuccio

April 2016