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MARLENE D'ORAZIO ADLER

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

I  have been involved with the Guild of Papermakers from its inception and am one of its founding members.  Making paper has opened many doors for me to further explore and develop my interest in printmaking and painting.

 

I have been teaching art since 1983 after graduating from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and the Philadelphia College of Art [Bachelors in Painting and Art Education]. One of my most memorable teaching experiences took place on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation in South Dakota where I taught high school art. It was here that I first encountered the Native American philosophy which emphasizes respect for the earth and reverence for our world; often through storytelling and symbolism. This inspired me to create works with symbolic meanings borrowed from Native American and other world cultures which later developed into a personal collection of symbolic imagery. I use various media during the process of creating paper including collage, painting and printmaking. These various processes enhance the color and texture of the paper. I may also incorporate found objects, both from nature and man-made, into my work. These found objects add dimension and help to connect the viewer more directly to the message of environmental stewardship as conveyed by the various symbols that I include in my work. My Masters in Art Education thesis [University of the Arts] focused on incorporating environmental stewardship in an art curriculum. Not all of my work relates to environmental stewardship - I also enjoy exploring color, texture and shapes in abstract and often dream-like settings.

 

Finally, I enjoy creating books using handmade paper. It enables me to combine my interests in mixed media and three-dimensional forms.

lenedoradler@gmail.com

 

 

 

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