HAWTHORNE, NJ - Anna Carina Sinocchi said that she first became interested in the arts when, at age 15, a high school classmate at Boonton High School introduced her to black and white photography.
“I thought that the photos my friend Lauren developed in the dark room were amazing. I was transfixed,” the Paterson resident exclaimed. “I signed up for the photography class right away.
Fast forward to March of 2021. Sinocchi said she has moved on from taking pictures to focus on an art form called “photogram.” 17 of her works of that style are now on display at the Passaic County Arts Center at the John W. Rea House, in Hawthorne. Her showcase is entitled, ‘The Infinite Arch and Line.’
The works of two other artists, Poramit Thantapalit with ‘Sense and Sustainability’ and Joseph Coco with ‘The Full Moon Series’, are also featured.
The historic John W. Rea House reopened in May of 2019 after a $1.6 million restoration. The 19th-century farmhouse was renovated courtesy of funding from the county’s Open Space, Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund and was constructed in 1810, according to Jessica Bush, the county’s Museum Curator of the Department of Cultural & Historical Affairs.
“I first saw some of Anna’s works at Paterson’s Hamilton Club Art Gallery,” Bush recounted. “I really liked them. I wanted to be able to show her work here at the Passaic County Art Center. We would have had her display here earlier but the coronavirus led to several delays.”
Sinocchi said that has lived in the Great Falls Historic District for 20 years. She studied art at William Paterson University and is an adjunct professor at Passaic County Community College (PCCC) where she teaches Art Appreciation and Digital Photography.
In exercising the process of photogram, Sinocchi employs mixed media on muslin (a lightweight cloth), cheesecloth, and paper for her creations.
“Photogram is an alternate approach to photography,” Sinocchi explained. “I start with a substrate that is sensitive to light and use the material muslin which is coated with a sensitive chemical made of iron compound material. I then place the object in the sunlight where it undergoes a development process. Eventually, I remove the object, wash away the chemical, and am left with a silhouette of a shape which I then paint.”
Sinocchi said her application of choice is oils and that one of the main colors she utilizes is blue. The process of completing one work takes about four hours a day for two to three days, according to Sinocchi.
Referencing the title of her display, Sinocchi said her art focuses on, “the classical shape of the arch and the formal element of the line.”
“Anna Carina Sinocchi is a bold, authentic artist,” Susan Lembo Balik, Manager of Cultural affairs at PCCC, stated. “In her abstract works on paper and muslin, she engages with tradition but makes the original, contemporary work out of age-old concepts about the arch, harkening back to the time of ancient Rome. She transcends fundamental ideas. moving beyond technique, bringing another dimension, making it otherworldly.”
Sinocchi said her creation, ‘Celestis’, comes from a Latin world meaning, “heavenly body.” She said her works, “contain within themselves the invisible world, traces of the infinite, and are meditative and slow moving.”
The current display will be open until May 30 and is available for viewing Thursday through Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Reservations are required.
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