From top left corner, clockwise
Aorta Cross Section VI, detail;
Pulmonary Alveolus V;
The Artist, Lucie Castaldo;
Aorta Cross Section I;
Divide By Three;
Pulmonary Aveolus II, detail;
Pulmonary Aveolus I, Illuminated;
Pulmonary Aveolus I
I grew up catching toads, building fairy houses, and roaming the woods of Chatham, NY. My outdoorsy upbringing was influenced by my mother, a bio-chem major turned non-fiction children’s author and environmental educator; always encouraging me to explore under rocks and search out salamanders. I found my first animal skull on the front lawn. It was a broken muskrat skull and I was utterly amazed that this treasure was once inside of a creature.
Biology class dissections and microscope investigations inspired my fascination with the patterns that lie beneath our skin. Pieces of our bones meld together like perfect fitting puzzle pieces. Fractal patterns of capillaries transport blood to exactly the right places at exactly the right time. It’s all so beautiful.
My work in cut paper began with a college printmaking assignment. To add dimension to a screen-printed primate skull piece, I cut it apart and layered it back together. Later, I found that by suspending my paper pieces, I could experiment with the shadows that they cast.
I draw inspiration from medical drawings, animal skull and bone samples, and architectural remains. Peeling back exteriors show that, in the end, we all have the same foundations.
Lucie Castaldo lives and works in the beautiful Berkshires. She has shown in solo and group shows in Massachusetts and New York. As the Associate Program Director at IS183 Art School of the Berkshires she shares her love of art with faculty and K-12 students in Berkshire County. She graduated with a BA in Art History and Education from Mount Holyoke College.
Coming Up, some of Lucie's photographic artwork:
The Relics of Ballistae
Dottie's Coffee Lounge
North Street, Pittsfield, MA
Join us as Carrie Wright presents works by Lucie Castaldo & Michael Rousseau for view and sale.
pening Reception: Friday, May 6th 5-7pm
On view through June
IS183 Art School Faculty Artist Exhibition
In collaboration with the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce
Opening Reception: May 21st