Jodi Colella Artist presentation: Tony bernardo

Jodi Colella is a mixed media sculptor from Somerville, Massachusetts. She grew up as a very creative child. She engaged in imaginative play and made art with found materials. In order to pursue the study of art she attended Boston University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design and School of Museum of Fine Arts Boston. She teaches fiber workshops at The De Cordova Museum School in Lincoln MA, at Surface Design Association National Conferences and at several private venues. Her work has been shown in several national exhibitions and they've been featured in several magazine articles.

Colella creates 3D abstractions of natural forms. They reflect on life and its several systems. She explores the characteristics of materials and transforms them into biomorphic shapes that repel simultaneously.

Science plays a big role in her body of work.The organic forms reference both the macro and microscopic - exaggerated cellular forms that act as metaphors for the human condition in its most primitive state. According to her "I'm entranced with the patterns of everything from capillaries to bacteria to tree trunks, etc. I'm in awe of the elegance of the mechanisms of life and the efficiency of biological systems. The act of making is time consuming and repetitive, giving me the time to become totally engaged in the process."

Colella often derives her inspiration from experimenting with new materials. New materials capture her attention and she then tries to learn as much about it as possible. She investigates all of its properties and decides whether or not to adopt it into her work or if she lets it go.

Some of Colellas influences include Magdalena Abakanowicz, Tara Donovan Petah Coyne, Sheila Hicks and Anne Wilson.

"Fibre arts provide respite from the impersonal and detached environments of contemporary society. Our need to stay connected with the use of email, instant messaging etc. is the exact thing that keeps us isolated and alone. Fibre arts are tactile and engage our senses in an active way inviting viewers to feel. I watch people just melt when they're in front of one of my felted seeds for instance. And I'm constantly being asked if they're allowed to touch."

Colella believes that fiber art has so muvh to offer individual and corporate collectors because it provides humanity to any space and it demands a direct connection with materiality and the sensorial experience.

The Herd

This collection of work is comprised of stuffed dogs that were distributed by Victoria Secret that are reconstructed along side found objects in order to form surreal whimsical beasts. She describes this body of work as innocent toys tinged with a pinch of darkness. They express vulnerabilities such as self-image, identity, gender, ethnicity and status.

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