The Cult of Sincerity (detail)
With technology, a new way of life has emerged at an astonishing speed. I use books to symbolize the change occurring in the world today. While many remarkable improvements are taking place, I feel we are plowing full speed ahead without considering what is at risk of being lost. Are we evolved enough to handle our own creations?
To many people, books are sacred and evoke a warm, nostalgic feeling. They are a reminder of things past. The devoted and contemplative act of reading is losing its meaning in today’s fast paced world along with other human endeavors that require thought and care.
In most cases, my ideas are driven by the books’ titles. They inspire me to comment on many social issues using humor to engage the viewer. Regarding technique, I prefer using vintage books because their linen covers mimic ﬁne canvas and provide an ideal surface for paint. Creating art with repurposed materials attempts to realize the untapped potential in the world and offers up the idea of seeing things in a different way.
Mary Jean Canziani has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Marymount College, with a concentration in printmaking. She has professional experience in the ﬁelds of visual merchandising; graphic and textile design; and decorative and mural painting. She is currently working as a Teaching Artist. Returning to her personal art practice over 10 years ago, Ms. Canziani embarked on a series using book covers as a substrate. She has exhibited in group and solo shows in the greater NYC area and has, on three occasions, shown her work in Venice, Italy. Her pieces are in collections in the US and Europe.