Ann Tarantino | Landscape languages
“São Paulo offers a perfect setting to explore the textures, colors and rhythms of a new landscape and built environment. From my experience here, my drawings and paintings soon came to reflect the energies and contradictions I saw and felt in my daily travels across the city. From the smallest drawing to a large-scale site-specific installation, my work explores the experience of inhabiting spaces and landscapes. In this new body of work, I draw inspiration from sources as varied as the colors of buildings, the shapes of unknown fruits, city maps, the quality of light on a late summer day, street art and radical patterns in the city. trees shooting across the concrete sidewalks. The combination of brightly colored and organic paper-cut shapes with hard geometries and laser-engraved lines respond to my experiences and memories of a complex and contradictory place.”
Ann lives and works in the United States (Pennsylvania) where she works as an assistant professor of visual arts and director of the Woskob Gallery at Penn State University. Ann Tarantino’s works circulate in various spaces, from museums and galleries to botanical and zoological gardens. Ann was featured in the magazine “New American Paintings” and awarded the distinguished American Fulbright award for artistic practices in Brazil. She has presented her works at The Contemporary Austin, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Brooklyn NY Botanical Garden, among others.