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Sarasota Fashion Show features Renée's wearable sculpture

Jan '12
On February 10 at The Sarasota Garment District, Petunias of Naples will Feature Wearable Sculpture by Renee Rey at the 2nd Anual Candy Kiss's Fashion Show.

The Vision is to grow an outstanding spring fashion show for Sarasota.

Theme: Spring, Valentine, Steam Punk.

A note from RENEE REY:
I have always been intrigued by the mysteries of the metaphysical, human nature, the natural environment, and the relationship between the three. Over the... years, these subjects have provided a never-ending source of inspiration for my artwork. My aim is to create a world for my characters in which there is a visual conversation stimulating thoughts of spirituality, intellectual curiosity, association, and dichotomy. Some of the themes I explore include memory, personal and collective identity, social and political issues, feminism, sexuality, chaos, order, peace, isolation, struggle, and freedom.

As I create my drawings, paintings, and mixed media work, I walk the tightrope between realism and abstraction, combining light and shadow, texture and flatness, black, white and color. In conveying my vision, I spontaneously experiment, deconstruct and construct during the artistic process relishing in the energy and intimacy with the media, often using my fingers and hands to apply, manipulate and remove the charcoal, pastel, ink, and paint.

Beacons of influence range from the mystical, spiritual, theatrical, Jungian psychology, science, literature, my birthplace of Japan, my multi-cultural background of French, Armenian, Jewish, Christian heritage, and the many artists that inspire me including Lucian Freud, David Salle, Mark Rothko, Eric Fischl, Susanna Coffey, Robert Liberace, Larry Rivers, Nancy, Spero, John Singer Sargent, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.

An award winning artist, I have exhibited my artwork nationally, and my work is collected worldwide. I have created custom pieces for Johnny Depp, Actor, Laurie Jennings, Channel 10 Anchor, Miami, FL, Bristol Myers Squibb and First Albany Corporation, New York, NY.

I have studied on the undergraduate and graduate level in drawing, painting, video, sculpture, computer graphics, art history and writing at Parsons School of Design, NY, NY, The University at Albany, Albany, NY, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, NY, Art Students League, NY, NY and the Westchester Art Workshop, White Plains, NY. I have also studied informally with Susanna Coffey, at the Vermont Studio Center, and with Robert Liberace, at the SW Florida Atelier workshop for figurative and portrait painting.

“Art, Vision and Healing are One. We all have a Higher Purpose. Let us take a journey together and we will find our Higher Selves.”

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