Donna Catanzaro

Women Clean the World
digital collage
17 x 21 x 1.5 in.

I create zany, dream-like digital collages with my favorite tool, Adobe Photoshop. I research topics and then juxtapose my own photographs and paintings with vintage graphics from old magazines and publications to create new realities and make comments on popular culture. My goal is to entice the viewer into the piece through amusement, and then, subtly, challenge them with an underlying complex or sober comment.

I grew up on a small island in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island which has profoundly influenced my artwork. Ocean images are prevalent in my work as well as religious and cultural icons from my childhood. For many years I painted abstract landscapes in oils and watercolor, but now I find I can better express myself and my vision digitally on the computer.

I have been drawing and painting since I can remember (one of my earliest memories is of drawing coffee percolators). I studied painting at Bennington College, and I currently teach graphic design at Hesser College in NH. I recently received an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College in Plainfield VT.

“Women Clean the World” is based on the unending cleaning labor by the women of the world. Sometimes I feel like I’m forced to clean everything including the rocks and dirt.

© Donna Catanzaro