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 are based on my collection of vintage
photos and “Asylum” images from the 19th century. I also use art
models in various poses to convey particular meanings. While the
body language is important I tend to focus on the eyes first because
of the message they “mirror”. Most human beings create a “mask”
to hide true feelings or emotional states. 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 and the
“language” of their pose. Old family photos and stories
associated with them inspire 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 and completed her Bachelors degree
at Louisiana Tech and 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 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 part in the
method she uses to distort and prepare images during the planning
stages of each painting and drawing, setting the stage for a new way
of “seeing”. She is the current Marketing Chair for the West
Main Artists Co-op and is a member of Tryon Painters & Sculptors.
Spartanburg Art Museum recently acquired one of her pieces into
their permanent collection. She is one of the participating artists
featured in Lighten Up Spartanburg. Her bulb, Mawu Sun-Light, is
installed on Main and Daniel Morgan.