Julie Lapping Rivera

Julie Lapping Rivera

The work in this portfolio represents two bodies of work:

The Venice series began when I was a guest artist at Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy in 2022, and is inspired by the city’s architecture and Commedia dell’Arte, a form of improvisational street theater that was born in Venice in the 15th century. Its playful, slightly subversive attitude towards human behavior and class structures has had a lasting impact on theater, comedy and performance. Woven in to the work are thoughts about how, in spite of the swirl of change that surrounds us, human nature and social constructs seem to remain surprisingly unchanged with the passage of time. In addition to these 2D prints are 3D “theaters” made with woodcut prints.

The portrait series, “Look Again: Portraits of Daring Women” began in 2018. It is comprised of 24 portraits of women, many of whose accomplishments have been overlooked in history. Each portrait is accompanied by a portrait poem written by women poets from around the world. This body of work will be on display at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from April, 2024 to February, 2025.

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