Garden Glass Art, Bianca Divito
Award-winning glass artist Bianca Divito’s bespoke collection brims with scintillating light and color. Her garden glass art not only transforms its natural surroundings, but provides an accessible public showcase of art, bringing joy to its viewers easily and beautifully. A collaborative show with her husband, garden designer Damien Keane, it won the Certificate of Merit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. She believes that viewers should have room to interpret her work; thus, her pieces are left untitled.
[Untitled 1] Inspired by Instagram account Rvsalochka, Chloe uses bright gouache and sharpie to diverge from conventions of art and thought. She conveys a sense of confusion, a loss of thinking, depicting reality-bending images such as a fairy flipping the viewer off and a brain flying over the subject’s head. “I wanted to escape traditional and realistic art… [I want people to] appreciate the otherworldly nature of it, and start thinking more illogically.”
[Untitled 2] Stressing underlying themes of queerness and comfort in one’s own body, Chloe portrays the beauty of feminine figures reminiscent of vintage bra ads.
[Untitled 3] Chloe appreciatively renders a moment in nature in this serene india ink piece. She wishes for viewers to grasp the natural beauty in everyday scenes.
[Untitled 4] Chloe uses gouache and paint pen on reflective paper to form this “nonexistent girl.” She creates a harmonic distinction between the gory and the attractive, the dark and the lighthearted, encouraging viewers to enjoy this enigmatic subject.
[The first self portrait I’m proud of] “The first self portrait I am proud of” departs from the notion that art must contain intricate messages and metaphorical characteristics. Chloe uses white charcoal and saturated, untraditional hues of gouache to splash the page with aesthetic elements that have “no rhyme or reason.” She wants viewers to simply look closely at the controlled chaos and feel refreshed.
[Untitled] Stadtlander captures her muse with an iPhone 11 and simulates a tintype process. She shows her wispy hair, her seriousness and her contrasting childlike, pouty lower lip. “The collar up says it all: stylishly guarded,” Stadtlander notes.
[Blue Nude] Stadtlander preserves the image of a quiet afternoon nap, an aftermath. The subject’s pale skin holds cool tones that mirror the blue bedspread. She uses an old iPhone5 and Photoshop.
[Jack at 17] Shot with a 1953 Rollieflex twin lens reflex on Ilford black and white film, Stadtlander captures Jack early on a hot summer morning. His shoulders slacken as he rests his head on the comforting, cool surface of the kitchen table. His mood seems heavy—or perhaps, it is the humidity.
[Chaotic Bliss] Done with acrylic paint, Olivo subtly splashes the left half of the composition with light hues and slightly darkens the right half. The range of hues mimic the glimmering depths of water, not unlike the depths of humans themselves.
[Art Voids] With the blue circle, painted with acrylic, Olivo suggests the conventions to which society attempts to confine artists. However, as the viewer can sense, the circle could not contain the object near it, representing artists’ boundless visions. She remarks, “A lot of us artists don’t ‘fit in’ and that is the most beautiful thing to me.” The object also signifies a computer mouse, a personal ode to how Olivo first displayed her artwork digitally.
[Jupiter’s Aura] Olivo uses signature brick reds, milky oranges and cool-hued hints of acrylic paint, characteristic of the planet Jupiter. The jagged strokes and blocks of color reference Jupiter’s bold, powerful presence.
[Deepened] Slashing the canvas with deep crimson acrylic, Olivo expresses the times in her life when although life eventually ends up on her side, she feels deserted. The purples and yellow peek through the surface, reflecting her life’s hidden allyship.
[Head blocks] Olivo uses acrylic paint to depict an appropriately chaotic reflection of her internal emotion.
[Thrown] Sometimes, Olivo’s days feel viscerally red. Other days, they seem coldly blue. In the midst of the chaos, Olivo depicts her feelings in “Thrown” with acrylic and portrays that no matter what, life still holds on to its colors.
[Earth] With acrylic, Olivo paints what she interprets to be the earth’s “emotional characteristics.”
[Water] Olivo uses a range of cool-toned acrylics to represent how she views water.