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K Fiorvanti Art Studio

01. STUDYING THE MASTERS

      The drawing portion of Accademia Riaci's Drawing and Painting course challenged my artistic eye through still life and portraiture. Studying the techniques of the masters augmented my speed and capacity to make larger-than-life drawings. The final portraits are characterized by color outside their bounds: bridging tradition and expression.

Master Studies

02. INK TO OILS

      A thematical change in my work is noted in the Fall of 2021 upon revisiting the 7 elements of art: line, shape, form, color, space, texture and value, in the studio at Virginia Commonwealth University. The abstract self portrait is a staple in VCU's Art Foundations course which challenges the intersectionality of 2D, 3D and digital surfaces on the basis of these 7 elements. 

      Dissecting artistic expression to its bare bones has matured my practice and ability to effectively critique. 

   

Surface Research
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“Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.”

-Leonardo da Vinci

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03. EN PLEIN AIR

      The painting portion of Accademia Riaci's certification program exercised the use of color in dynamic environments across Tuscany. This collection of work is defined by an introduction to atmospherical painting using the sfumato technique made popular by painters of the Italian Renaissance.

  

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way—things I had no words for.”

-Georgia O'Keeffe

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04. IMAGINING CLIMATE FUTURES

      Inspired by the imagery throughout Elizabeth Rush's Dispatches from the New American Shore, this series was submitted to VCU Library's Imagining Climate Futures contest in the summer of 2021 as a creative pedestal of informed protest.

Imagining Climate Futures
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05. RALLYING BEHIND AFGHAN WOMEN

      This 2-minute, hand-drawn animation made its debut in VCUarts The Anderson's Y2K Video Exhibition in October 2021. The story later inspired collaboration with VCU's Afghan Student Organization to raise funds for Save The Children Afghanistan in a joint effort designing, marketing and selling calendars for the new year. We raised $165 for the Afghan generation left behind.

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Animation: Standing w/ Afghan Women

06. INTERACTION / INFLUENCE

      "BE MY EYES. BE MY HANDS." is a performance piece about influence, trust and interaction. With eyes bound, and paintbrush and marker in hand, my body served as an unbiased vessel for creation. The concept of judgment, between artist and participant, is sterilized through the compromise of control, yet each person is powerless to make a mark without the other.

      The physical painting, characterized by hasty marks and scribbles, came to be only through the courageous decision to be publicly observed in the balancing act. 

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