SACI alum, Resa Blatman (Spring 1984), announces upcoming exhibitions of dimensional “cut-edge” paintings

Resa Blatman: "Gaia," part 1, 2014 (ongoing) Oil and glitter on laser-cut Mylar, PVC, and PETG; oil and latex paint on hand-cut Mylar; silk and plastic flora, 360w x 120h x 12d inches

Resa Blatman: “Gaia,” part 1, 2014 (ongoing)
Oil and glitter on laser-cut Mylar, PVC, and PETG; oil and latex paint on hand-cut Mylar; silk and plastic flora, 360w x 120h x 12d inches

SACI alum, Resa Blatman (Spring 1984), has been quite successful with her fine arts career and has recently been in several exhibitions with a long list of additional ones coming up (see below). Be on the lookout for Resa’s work on exhibit in your area!

RESA BLATMAN

Of her work, Resa says: Lush and representational depictions of nature is an ongoing focus in my work — my current paintings and installations speak specifically to a warming planet/environmental issues, their effect on our landscape and natural resources, and how we perceive the changes in the environment. To reflect this concept more directly, the paintings’ subjects and surfaces are heavily layered and sometimes the surfaces are split apart, with laser-cut forms that mimic tree branches, coral, and flora. This creates a physicality and metaphorical sound like the poetic violence of an iceberg cracking. As we become even more aware of the precarious nature of our habitat, this work speaks to the vulnerability of the earth that we so easily take for granted.

The cut-edge paintings are made on 1/8-1/4 inch panels and/or Mylar sheeting. I design the patterns on the computer and then have the panels and sheets professionally laser-cut. Back in the studio, I layer the pieces on top of one another, sometimes cutting them up and making smaller sections, to create one whole painting. When the surface format is complete, I begin the painting and design process. The cut edges, layered surfaces, and shadows expand the subject matter of the paintings and help to conceive a beauty that is both chaotic and dystopian.

Resa Blatman received an MFA in painting from Boston University in 2006, and a BFA in graphic design from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 1995. She studied at SACI in Florence in 1984, and taught graphic design at MassArt from 1997-2012. Resa has received several grants and awards, including the Arctic Circle Residency, and she’ll be traveling to the Svalbard, Norway in June 2015 to see the great icebergs and glaciers firsthand. Her work is included in several collections, including Fidelity, MA; Twitter, MA; Hilton Hotel, TN; and The WH Ming Hotel in Shanghai, China. Her work has been reviewed and featured in numerous magazines, books, and online blogs. To see an exhibition list, please visit resablatman.com.

Resa Blatman, "Trouble in Paradise 3," 2015 Oil and Latex Paint on Mylar and PVC; Silk and Plastic Flora, 76 x 17.5 x 12 in.

Resa Blatman, “Trouble in Paradise 3,” 2015
Oil and Latex Paint on Mylar and PVC; Silk and Plastic Flora, 76 x 17.5 x 12 in.

RECENT & UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS:

Solo Exhibition
Buckingham Browne & Nichols
Cambridge, MA • Feb. – Mar. 2015

Group Show
The (un)Scene Art Show
http://www.theunscene.org/
549 W. 52nd Street, New York City
March 4-8, 2015 (Armory Arts Week)

Solo Exhibition
Frame 301, Montserrat College of Art
http://www.montserrat.edu/
Beverly, MA • May-July, 2015

Residency
The Arctic Circle
http://www.thearcticcircle.org/
Svalbard, Norway • June – July, 2015

Solo Exhibition
Pearl Conard Art Gallery, Ohio State University
https://u.osu.edu/pcagallery/
Mansfield, OH • Sept. 2015

Group Show
HEREart, 145 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY
http://here.org/
January 21 – March 6, 2016

Group Show
Spartanburg Art Museum
http://www.spartanburgartmuseum.org/
Spartanburg, SC • Sept. – Dec. 2016

Solo Exhibition
Museum of Arts and Sciences
http://www.masmacon.org/
Macon, GA • 2016

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Late Spring & Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, Post-Bac in Studio Art; MFA in Studio Art, MFA in Photography, MFA in Communication Design, Low-Residency MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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