I am a collector, but instead of objects, I collect images: photos of people and objects from old books, instructional manuals, cookbooks, magazines, and photos that I take myself of steamrollers, Virgin Mary statuettes and skies. I see the world as potential parts of a collage – possible interesting backdrops or funky main characters. I also collect data: information, historical facts, news and current events. I’m a news junkie, and while some of the news makes me enraged, some news makes me see the absurdity of it all.

With all these images I create amusing yet sobering, dream-like digital collages with my favorite tool, Adobe Photoshop. I research topics and then juxtapose my own photographs, artwork and text with vintage graphics to create new realities and make comments on popular culture. I examine such issues as feminism, gender, women’s issues, politics, war, the environment and more. My goal is to entice the viewer into the piece through amusement, and then, subtly, challenge them with an underlying complex or sober comment. If I can educate or affect just one viewer to question our culture, then I feel I have accomplished my goal.

I grew up on an island in Narragansett Bay, Rl which has 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 find I can better express myself and my social vision digitally on the computer using my graphic design skills. I teach graphic design, and have an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, Plainfield VT.

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Petroleum Paradox: For Better or For Worse? (2012)

Donna Catanzaro

Oil Zombies

Oil Zombies, 2011

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