GIANNA PUTRINO - ARTIST STATEMENT

My art relates to humanity and the human psyche; gaining inspiration from different human conditions and the concept of identity, I compose drawings of a haunting realism. I admire the human form and the way body language conveys messages and emotions, and I believe that emotion is intensified when focused on particular areas of the body. My exploration of the emotion of anxiety is achieved by focusing on hands and mouths. My extreme habit of nail biting is the inspiration behind this imagery and concept, reflecting on my own battles with anxiety. The close-cropped compositions confront the viewer, forcing you to be immersed within the action of the drawing, conveying a feeling of being “too close for comfort”. I want people to see anxiety, experience the emotion, and feel the nervous twitch. These pieces help me to investigate more about myself, about my anxieties and about my identity as an artist.

giannaputrino@yahoo.com