Carol Ann Simon Cillo

I like to explore using various media to constantly expand my options as an artist. Currently working with paint and clay, I often align the work with graphic additions or the written word. If there comes a need to introduce fiber or recycled materials, the art will call for whatever materials it needs. I find this variety helps to eliminate the traditional boundaries of color, texture and technique to create the final work of art.

 I am shown here with my relief wall sculpture, "Coalminer's Daughter",  a mixed media piece highlighting the historical insertion of immigrants into the coal mining workplace of Pennsylvania - and the perseverance of their sons, daughters and subsequent generations to overcome humble beginnings, hard labor, black lung and social subjugation.  When shown in exhibition, the piece is accompanied my poem, written about my mother and her own journey. The torso is handbuilt from clay, underglaze and glazed, with the addition of coal pieces from the region. The hand-painted skirt includes calligraphy with tonally paintedl coal dust and dirt on the skirt of the working woman trying to break that "coal ceiling".

I am shown here with my relief wall sculpture, "Coalminer's Daughter",  a mixed media piece highlighting the historical insertion of immigrants into the coal mining workplace of Pennsylvania - and the perseverance of their sons, daughters and subsequent generations to overcome humble beginnings, hard labor, black lung and social subjugation.  When shown in exhibition, the piece is accompanied my poem, written about my mother and her own journey. The torso is handbuilt from clay, underglaze and glazed, with the addition of coal pieces from the region. The hand-painted skirt includes calligraphy with tonally paintedl coal dust and dirt on the skirt of the working woman trying to break that "coal ceiling".

constantly expressing

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