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Questions I am asked and I ask myself 

 
Elaine Insero Multi Media Artist

Q. Why make art?

A. Because it is essential to my well being.

Q. What is my subject matter?

A. The world I live in and my response to it.

My principal involvement with art is the creative process itself. The work is spontaneous and unpredictable. My intent is to convey the mood or feeling of a place or object by enhancing the emotional qualities of color - mark making - and surface texture of the piece

Q. What is my focus?

A. This is a tough one!

My work changes - it is realistic - it is abstract. My mediums also change as I draw, print, paint and sculpt. However, this "lack of focus" in my art is not unlike the many directions my life takes as I involve myself with family, meaningful relationships, fun, and art. I believe that the layering of images and process  adds depth and dimension to my art work in much the same way as the layering of emotions and experiences of daily life add richness and meaning to our lives.

Q. Is there continuity in my work?

A.  Yes.

Mortality and immortality constantly factor in my work. The theme of renewal and passageway occurs again and again. . What begins with "realism" eventually evolves into something I have never seen before. I am drawn to antiquity - it gives me a sense of self - and spiritual consolation

It has taken me a long time to trust my intuitive feelings to guide me but I no longer worry what the completed piece will look like. Even when I am tearing and scraping, piling on paint and taking it away, harmony and order struggle to prevail in my search for beauty and meaning in an imperfect world.

I title my work when I am finished– because it is only then that I know what it is about.

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TUSCAN SCULPTURE ON EXHIBIT
Haverhill Artist Elaine Insero, together with students from Merrimack College, an artist from England and another from Germany, spent the month of June 2006 in San Gimignano in the heart of Tuscany, Italy. It was a month of drawing, sculpture, and art lectures on 13th Century artworks in area cathedrals and museums.

A four credit course entitled “Drawing and Sculpture: a Study of Form” was a first for Merrimack College. Professor Marco Di Piazza, was our instructor and guide. An international artist and sculptor, he was born in San Gimignano, and exhibits in galleries and studios in Italy and Germany.

An  exhibition at the end of our stay in Italy - showcasing the drawings and sculpture worked on during this period was attended by city and village dignitaries – the people of San Gimignano - and the  benefactors of the Convento Sant’ Agostino where we lived, dined, and worked. It was the first exhibit of its kind for Merrimack College in San Gimignano.

One of my sculptures, Medieval Knight, created during this time, was inspired by a three day Medieval Festival that took place while we were there.
The “assignment” was to create a piece of sculpture in the manner of the early Etruscans. This meaning that it had to be functional as well as ornamental.

Hence, my interpretation of an early Etruscan "peanut dish".

 

    

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Academic Background

I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
where I pursued interests in sculpture and printmaking
as well as painting and drawing.

Workshops with recognized national artists including:
Doug Dawson Pastel
 Michael Mazur Printmaking
Jim Peters The Nude
and Richard Herring Painting…
are a constant source of inspiration and motivation.

My work has been widely shown in the New England area including:
 Ciao! Italia, an exhibit and month long program of cultural events – initiated and chaired by me - that combined art, music, theater, and history.
Northern Essex Community College 1995.

Workshops abroad include a five week summer session at
IL Colleggio Del Mondo, Duino, Italy, 1989
 painting and traveling with a group of artists and teachers from the Boston area,
and again in San Gimignano, Tuscany, with sculptor Marko Di Piazza,
where the emphasis was on sculpture and art history, 2006.

A recipient of numerous awards, I have been featured on the cover of “ARTSaroundBOSTON”
and in the hard cover books:

“Bridging Time & Space: Essays on Layered Art” Markowitz Publishing 1998,
and "The Art of Layering: Making Connections" 2004.

An active member of several area art associations, I am also a member of
MGNE the Monotype Guild of New England
and
SLMM Society of Layerists in Multi Media
a group of national and international  artists and writers.

My work has been included in national and international juried shows

and in private and business collections in the United States, Canada, and Italy.

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SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND REVIEWS

“CREATING LAYERED ART”  ART BEAT OF THE VALLEY
MT WASHINGTON VALLEY ARTS ASSOCIATION  MERLE SCIACCA  2006

“ARTIST OPEN STUDIO EVENT”  THE HAVERHILL GAZETTE NOVEMBER 2005 

“INSERO’S ART INSPIRED BY LIFE”  THE HAVERHILL GAZETTE
ALLISON McGONAGLE
  JULY, 2005

“ARTISTS GROWING ARTISTS”  THE HAVERHILL GAZETTE  MARCH, 2004

‘SPIRITED ENERGY’ UNLEASHED WITH EXACTING ARTISTRY 
THE DAILY NEWS  WEEKENDER NEWBURYPORT  2004

“SPIRITED ENERGY”  EAGLE TRIBUNE 2004

“FIRE IN THE HEART: THE CREATIVE SPIRIT  SCHNEIDER MUSEUM OF ART
SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY  2003

“ABSTRACTION: A WAY OF SEEING”
THE DAILY NEWS  EAGLE TRIBUNE SEPTEMBER 19, 2002

“ARTISTS TEACH STUDENTS FROM HOME”
 THE HAVERHILL GAZETTE    CARLY THORNELL  MARCH 2000

“INSERO IS SPEAKER AT BREAKFAST EXCHANGE”  THE HAVERHILL GAZETTE  1999

“CHILDREN INSPIRE INSERO” THE HAVERHILL GAZETTE CARY THORNELL  1999

“YOUNG ARTISTS TO SHOW AT LIBRARY”  EAGLE TRIBUNE  MAY, 1999

“PALLETTE PICK OF THE MONTH”…ELAINE INSERO  
ARTS INSTITUTE NEWSLETTER   APRIL, 1999

“LOCAL NEWS” EAGLE TRIBUNE  May, 1998

“AUCTION SLATED TO RAISE MONEY FOR ARTS FUND” HAVERHILL GAZETTE MAY/ 97

“CIAO! ITALIA”    PLEIADES  A  MAGAZINE OF THE  ARTS NORTH OF BOSTON
  BY BARBARA MELLIN (EDITOR) AND ELAINE INSERO 
    AUTUMN ISSUE  1995

“PERSONALITY PROFILE” HAVERHILL GAZETTE    NOV, 18, 1995

“EXCELLENT EXHIBIT HIGHLIGHTS ITALIAN CULTURE”  NECCO OBSERVER 11/10/95

“NOW THAT’S ITALIAN” JOHN C. LOCKWOOD
 MERRIMAC VALLEY SUNDAY NEWS
  NOVEMBER 5, 1995

“NECCO HONORS ITALIAN HERITAGE”    TODD A. PRUSSMAN
  THE GAZETTE WEEKEND
         NOVEMBER 4-5, 1995

“NECCO HOSTS CIAO! ITALIA”    NEWBURYPORT DAILY NEWS   NOV 2, 1995
                                                                                               
“A FESTIVAL OF ART - ITALIAN STYLE”  WENDY KILLEEN
 BOSTON GLOBE
    OCTOBER 29, 1995

“CIAO! ITALIA”    JUDY WAKEFIELD   THE EAGLE TRIBUNE  OCTOBER  27, 1995

“ART AUCTION”  HAVERHILL GAZETTE  MAY 1, 1995

“CRAFTERS TO MEET” HAVERHILL GAZETTE  APRIL 10, 1995

“ARTISTS ALREADY MAKING PLANS FOR SEPTEMBER CELEBRATION”
EAGLE TRIBUNE MARCH, 1995

“ART LEAGUE MEMBER SHOW OFFERS ART TO GIVE AND RECEIVE”
NANCY WELLARD  THE ISLAND PACKET HILTON HEAD DEC 18,1994

“LOCAL ARTISTS BRING GALLERY TO LIFE”    GIANNINA MARIE
 HAVERHILL GAZETTE 
   SEPTEMBER 10, 1994

“OUTDOOR ART SHOW SATURDAY” HAVERHILL GAZETTE  JULY 6,1994

“GROUP PREPARING FOR ART FESTIVAL” EAGLE TRIBUNE JUNE 23, 1994

“ART SHOW PLANNING”  THE EAGLE TRIBUNE  JULY 9, 1993

“DESIGNING A SHOW” EAGLE TRIBUNE JULY 9, 1992

“MONTSERRAT ALUMNI SHOW DEFT TOUCH”     
MILES UNGER BOSTON GLOBE    
DECEMBER  9, 1990

“QUARTLY HOUR CELEBRITY SHOW”  
TV  33 INTERVIEW WITH PHIL BROWN
   JULY/1990

“ABSTACTLY EXPRESSIVE”  
SHERRI LOVY   HAVERHILL GAZETTE JULY 17,1990

“VISIT TO ITALY INSPIRED ARTIST”   
NEWBURYPORT DAILY NEWS     JULY 19, 1990

“VIAGGO NELLA (FABBRICA) DELLE NOTIZIE”   
   IL PICCOLO     TRIESTE, ITALY     JULY  1989

“SOUNDS OF SUMMER ALSO INVOLVES SENSE OF SIGHT"
HILTON HEAD ISLAND PACKET   JUNE 2, 1987

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