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Maria Ruggiero

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            **Sabbatical Leave - Returning Fall, 2018**


Maria Fiorenza Ruggiero was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She received a BFA in Studio Art from Michigan State University and a MFA in Painting from Kent State University in 2001. She began teaching at EMU in 2001.

Artist Statement

I use still-life elements and references to the passage of time to explore and document my own experiences, both in terms of my day-to-day activities and my work as a painter. Many objects in my paintings are personal and part of my home and life. Additional elements: postcards and snapshots taken during various trips, function as still-life objects and as time capsules. Often, an object, postcard, or previous painting represents a memorable experience for me, and serves as a generation point for a piece. I sometimes start with one or two elements and build up the rest of the painting around these objects or pictures. I will use a finished painting over and over again as an element in multiple pieces; this practice allows me to make a very obvious connection between paintings in time, and helps me reflect on my own process and development. Some of the objects that I continuously return to, such as goose eggs and floral elements, are references to time, change, generation, and renewal. I like these objects because they often represent or comprehend seemingly opposing concepts such as fertility and decay. For example, in the time it takes to finish a piece a living flower, or piece of fruit can dry completely. Recording the real changes that happen to a still life allows me to document the time needed to make a painting while allowing different points in time to exist simultaneously in one piece.