By Pete Barell
Arts & Entertainment Editor
Senior Art Education major Danielle Savarese’s art show “Exposed” was held from Oct. 27 through Nov. 1 in the Hillwood Student Art League Gallery. The reception was held on Oct. 29 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Dozens of pieces by the artist were on display in this solo exhibit.
Savarese’s work features imagery of skeletal figures and obscured parts of the human body that drip with blood-like paint down the can- vas. Colorful abstract pieces combat other, somewhat macabre images, seemingly creating a parallel of light and dark. “I enjoy creating pieces that are abstract with bold colors and movement,” Savarese said. “I tend to find myself using parts of the human figure with an edgy twist.”
The exhibit showcased a mix of mediums, including painting, photography, and ink printing. It seems appropriate that this exhibit, as something of a farewell to her studies at LIU, emphasized a raw portray- al of the artist and her work, including self-portraits. “I have always been inspired by the [saying] ‘art should comfort the disturbed, and disturb the comfortable,’” Savarese said.
Inspirations for Savarese’s work include famed abstract pioneer Jackson Pollock. “I have been greatly influenced by Pollock’s unique painting style, which has molded me into the type of artist I am today,” Savarese explained. “Throughout my college years, I have discovered who I am, as an individual and an artist. As my work evolved, I began to peel back the layers that exposed my abstract emotions. My art allows me to express myself in a way words can’t.” Savarese plans to become an art teacher and have her work featured in New York City galleries.