ABOUT THE ART
Castronuovo has exhibited her original woodcut collage and sculptural pieces in multiple venues over the past three decades
from Maine to California, concentrating primarily in the New York – Tri-state area during the last 20 years. She received her M.F.A. degree in printmaking and graphic design/typography from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she began creating monumental collage pieces of raised wood-grain patterns printed onto Japanese paper, then placed on scrolls to allow the paper to flow or hang naturally, moving towards three-dimensionality. The technique was discovered quite unexpectedly, as a result of soul-searching in an attempt to fulfill the masters degree requirement of a cohesive final showing of artworks. The subject matter, although inspired by aspects of the human figure, involves the depiction of the essence or soul of the individual, as opposed to capturing a likeness or physical resemblance, as in her early works.
This new technique provided a spontaneous new way of working that seemed to stream into her consciousness without prior contemplation as to the message or imagery. The work was a derivative of the unique wood-grain patterns and depended on seeing in a new way, and allowing the result to be discovered in the moment. The resulting life-sized, ethereal figures made of black and white printing ink on paper seemed to speak to the universality of life and the oneness of all of creation, where cellular patterns in the wood-grain, resembling human musculature, mimicked the energetic display of galaxies
in the cosmos, as well.. This was the beginning of her love of working with wood, which later led to hand-carving large sculptures of black walnut wood, also guided by an inner prompting, but much more physically demanding than the collage work. A blending of realism and abstraction is seen in these 3–D works that offer a glimpse into the cultural, stylistic concerns of African and Indonesian art.
Her work has received numerous awards in juried exhibitions and has been collected widely by individuals in the U.S.
Her most recent work involves the use of more vibrant color through painting and mixed-media collage, along with the woodcut imagery, as she remains committed to developing her creative skills through opening to hear inner meditative guidance, receiving artworks of a healing nature. She has been humbly made aware that it is through respect for
the work and thankfulness for the love and blessings given that this artwork has been brought into existence.