Creating sculpture has been my passion for over thirty years. The work grows and changes over time, yet certain themes and images recur: combining natural and human-made objects; re-cycling and re-using found objects; finding connections between seemingly unrelated elements; exploring layers. For me the creative path is a spiral. I revisit these same themes, but each time the angle is slightly different.
Some of the more recent work also includes text to explore a political struggle close to my heart – gay marriage.
Each work is carefully and lovingly assembled, oiled and polished as necessary to bring them to life. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do
Eva will have a solo show, "Roots - Real and Remembered" at the Gallery in May 2018
Roots - Real and Remembered
Most artists need a day job to support themselves. In 2017, I was able to retire from mine, leaving more time for creating art. I also get to spend many long hours hiking and being inspired by our beautiful woods and hills. The “real” roots, found on trails and roads both near my home and during my travels, are combined with re-used bits of old furniture, windows, glass and other objects collected over the years. These sculptures are a continuation of themes I have been exploring for years.
The autobiographical series is new. These “remembered” roots are memories from my childhood and my youth, stitched into both words and images. The first in this series, “Blue Jeans, a True Story”, was inspired by a call for entries to a show exploring gender issues. The pieces that followed each share poignant moments that helped to form the creative person I have become.
Not every piece in the show contains a root, but this is the dominant connecting element in both these series. Even the two works from 2016 that were inspired by the poems of Michelle Courtney Berry and Diane Ackerman make reference to memories.
In recent years I have shifted easily between my sculptural and my cross stitched works, often combining the two when it felt appropriate. With this new luxury of time comes freedom to explore images and ideas more fully. I truly look forward to the work yet to come now that I am enjoying this third act of life.
In addition to my artwork, my other goal during these next few years is to hike the Finger lakes Trail from end to end. In appreciation for their work keeping green spaces open for public use and maintaining our natural environment, 20% of all sales from this exhibit will be donated to the Finger Lakes Trail Conference.
State of the Art Gallery Exhibition, January 2010: What Makes a Marriage?
In January 2010 Eva M. Capobianco presented “What Makes a Marriage?"
The work for this exhibit began during the general election in November, 2004. Ms. Capobianco states: “I found myself deeply upset by how the issue of gay marriage had been used by conservatives as a wedge issue to mobilize their base.” Feeling discouraged, she began to explore ways to use her art to compare today’s struggle for gay marriage equality with the fight for legal interracial marriage that culminated in the historic Loving v. Virginia case in 1967. Reading and researching these two issues has lead to some fascinating comparisons. The artist has incorporated quotes and ideas from these parallel debates into her sculptures in ways that she hopes will foster a healthy discussion about them.
Gay marriage has now become legal in several states, but it has also seen major setbacks in recent months and years. Capobianco says “My partner and I have been together for 27 years. Right now we COULD choose to get married in Canada or Iowa or several other states and that marriage would probably be recognized by our home state of New York. But it would not be recognized by the federal government. That would leave us without most of the benefits and protections that straight couples enjoy. It is important to support organizations that are working to educate the public about the fundamental unfairness of our current system.”
State of the Art Gallery Exhibition, April 2014: Approaching Sixty
When I was in college, my mentor, Jerome Zimmerman, once said “If anyone asks you how long it took you to make a sculpture, you should say ‘all my life’.” I am paraphrasing from memory, of course. But it rang true then, and even more so now, almost forty years later.
Looking toward my 60th birthday later this year, I have chosen to look back at my life’s work so far. About half the show is sculptures from the decades up to 2010. The rest is newer mixed media works completed since my last solo show at State of the Art Gallery.
It has been an interesting and rewarding journey. I have produced sculptures that are small and intimate as well as some large scale, site-specific, outdoor pieces. Some works took years to complete, while others came together in just a few hours. (The time frame, by the way, did not always correspond to the size!) As I have matured along with the artwork, I have often observed that we artists tend to go back and revisit the same issues and themes repeatedly. Yet each time I find myself looking again at an old theme or material or image, I find the artwork produced has changed because I have changed. So the journey is not one of coming back full circle. It is more of a spiral – when I look back at an old idea, I am seeing it from a new plane.
My artistic passion continues to include a love of combining natural and human made-objects. The work in this exhibit brings together many of the elements I have been exploring over those years: a commitment to re-using found objects; a love of the inherent beauty of the materials; and an exploration of emotional issues dear to my heart. Each work is carefully and lovingly assembled, oiled, polished, and sometimes stitched, to bring them to life.