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Meet Nina Stolz Bellucci

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nina Stolz Bellucci.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born and raised in Florida, and I’ve been making things for as long as I can remember. I had the opportunity in high school to pursue art as a focus, and this is when I remember being moved by something for the first time; my teacher had given me some tar paper to draw on, and it was such a satisfying experience to draw on with oil pastels, rub into, and scrape off. I guess this is also when I realized that making could be both mentally challenging and physically engaging.

I received my BFA in painting at the University of South Florida, where I studied under some very passionate printmakers and painters. I was interested in both media but ultimately chose painting because it felt more free and open-ended. I moved to Boston in 2006 with my now-husband and graduated from Boston University in 2009 with a Masters in Painting. We fell in love with the city and decided to stay here. Following a move to the suburbs and two kids later, I am still making things, and I realize even more so now how imperative it is to my sanity and survival.

Please tell us about your art.
The ideas I have for paintings are directly inspired by visually-captivating, everyday moments, for example, light that hits my studio wall and creates an angled shadow, an arrangement of transparent papers haphazardly thrown onto the table, or even the folds in a blanket that covers my son as he watches tv. These are the fleeting moments that remind me of life’s preciousness. So, I take a lot of pictures and make quick drawings using an app on my phone, in order to remember these moments. I am also inspired by patterns, textures, and different materials, so I tend to collect a lot of paper, drawing tools, and painting mediums too. When I really am at a loss for what to do, I make collages, and these collages also inspire paintings.

Currently, I am working on a series of large scale drawings based on the digital drawings I’ve been doing at home. I use a combination spray paint, soft pastels, and oil pastels to try to recreate the same range of textures and also to mimic the same fast method of seeing and documenting. Limiting my choices in color to what I have available in pastels or spray paint has really been helpful in order to get a lot of work out and to feel like I am accomplishing something. As a mom balancing home life, studio, and a part-time job, it is imperative to my own well-being and ultimately, that of my family’s, that I work quickly and deliberately in the studio. It’s also a significant way for me to show gratitude on a daily basis for those everyday moments, and in effect, I hope others will notice them more too.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
For me, the biggest challenge is the constant struggle to feel like what I am doing has any importance or value in it, especially since there are just so many artists working in a plethora of different ways today. I sometimes feel that if it’s not exactly a new or an inventive way of working then what’s the point? And it doesn’t help that you can so easily feel overwhelmed by what’s being posted on Instagram or the like. It took me a long time to realize (and I still have to remind myself that) there is only one me, and if I continue to be true to myself and honest with my intentions, then it is totally worth working for, every day.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I am showing a small painting with my collective group, Musa, in our Allston space now through May 26 in M+2. This summer, I will have work up at Basement Projects in CA with other Musa members. Musa also has a few shows lined up for the fall, including a group exhibition at Boston City Hall.

I am represented virtually by Uprise Art, where you can purchase some smaller paintings on panel and read an interview, which goes deeper into my process of making: https://www.upriseart.com/discover/artists/nina-stolz-bellucci

I regularly post works in progress on my Instagram: nsbellucci A portfolio of past work can be viewed on my website: www.ninastolzbellucci.com

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