Artist, Illustrator and Writer
New Yorker turned Californian
I am focused on seeking out tactile pleasure, that which makes an object seem precious, like a treasure. I aim to create works that are at once organic and simple, but also highly detailed and almost overworked. Having once nearly stepped into the world of art conservation as a career, I became obsessed with very intricate visual observations, and I loved the quiet, contemplative work that goes into saving an artwork. The steady hand required, and the chemical reactions, the physical properties of different materials that made them move the way they do, were all very attractive to me.
In my body of work today, I approach art-making with similar focus. I grew up admiring my grandmother's beautiful antique glass fruit table lamps, an impossibly heavy textured metal perfect sphere that sat on the table begging me to move it just a little, jewelry from special times in special places that clinked and clacked together as she moved, and grandfather clocks painted with delicate scenes from times past that tick-tocked away forever in concert. I worked in a fine jewelry shop where I learned to distinguish between and favor the fine stuff over costume jewelry. I lived among New York's highly decorated buildings and walked the halls of its many museums, forever studying details. Flourishes. And so I set about, cataloging flourishes I've seen, imagining flourishes I might not have, and creating a language of visual expressions that speak of times past, times ahead, timelessness.
Exhibitions and Publications
Solomon & Co., Encinitas, CA 2020
INSIGHT Magazine - a Fokus Publication; Issue 61, "Symbols" 2020
The 28th Annual Juried Exhibition at the Athenaeum Arts Library, La Jolla, CA 2019
The Living Gallery Outpost, New York, NY 2018
Fair Folks & a Goat, New York, NY 2013
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA 2005
Boston Printmaker’s Biennial, Boston, MA 2003 and 2005
Fair Folks & a Goat, Co-Founder and Creative Director
MoMA, Product Development
Smith College Museum of Art, Conservation
Smithsonian, Curatorial Intern
Me & Ro Jewelry, Sales and Admin
Each of these works is a handmade, one of a kind piece available through my studio, with a rotating selection featured here.
Aurora Mazzei © 2019