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A solo exhibition of paintings at Cerulean Arts Gallery
Reception: Saturday, September 21, 2019, 2-5 PM
Being There is a series of large and small scale paintings based on Pia De Girolamo’s experience of living in Rome for five weeks in the fall of 2018. She has ancestral roots and close ties to Italy, and Rome has been a “home away from home” since childhood. Residing in the Quartiere Trieste, a lively neighborhood with a melange of architectural styles, buildings painted in vivid colors and with semi-wild Parco della Villa Ada a few blocks away, she sketched and used watercolor crayons daily to record her impressions. Back home in her studio near Philadelphia, she continued to explore aspects of this urban landscape in the series of paintings which are presented in Being There.
As with her previous series of abstracted landscapes, her aim was not to present a faithful representation of particular sights but to project the essence of place, which arises from interacting forms and color combinations. In the case of the Roman and Italian urban landscape, these forms encompass a variety of geometric shapes, including apartment blocks, triangular roofs, and domes but there is also an interplay with natural forms like the iconic umbrella pines and other trees that line the street or are found in the parks. Being there, in Rome, she had the opportunity to investigate the aesthetics of a unique setting.