Theresa DeSalvio, Throwing Jacks from the series Girlhood, 2018. Oil paint on Arches oil paint paper, 22 x 39 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
Please join us for an artist talk by Theresa DeSalvio. She will share insights into her practice as a whole, as well as details about the motivations behind the series, The Life and Times of the Blue Fairy. Following the artist talk at Express Newark, guests will walk to CJ Gallery, located in the Center for Law & Justice, Rutgers University – Newark, where DeSalvio will lead them through her exhibition.
The Life and Times of the Blue Fairy is a narrative body of paintings that use as its central character the Blue Fairy, the magical being who transforms Pinocchio into a real boy. In these paintings, Theresa DeSalvio explores the thoughts and actions of the Blue Fairy in her daily life, her childhood memories and travel. The artist uses simplified space and bold color to highlight the emotionally charged narrative of the paintings.
Theresa DeSalvio is a painter, author and filmmaker. Her paintings encompass imagery based on childhood memories, everyday life and travel. DeSalvio has explored psychological and social issues in her work that have included addiction (heroin), survival (cancer) and social interactions. In addition to making paintings, DeSalvio has been making videos that extend the narrative of her work. DeSalvio holds a Master of Fine Arts from Hunter College, City University of New York and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, New York.