I am a native of Rome, Italy, and I live now in Iowa City with my husband Michael and our daughter Matilda. I started my career as a cancer and radiation biology scientist and held academic positions at Washington University (St. Louis, MO) and the University of Iowa. In that capacity I have been recognized for my scientific work at national and international levels, I have been honored with numerous awards and funds for my scientific contributions, I have been a visiting professor at many prestigious institutions in this country and abroad, and I have published extensively about my work in specialized scientific journals. I am still an active member of numerous scientific societies and I was a NASA funded investigator. My scientific career spans more than 25 years.
I have paralleled science and art all my life and I have experimented with different techniques in painting, such as oil, watercolor, and acrylic, on canvas and mixed media. Only recently I have decided to depart from the academic life and devote my efforts to the art of photography. Photography, along with fine art projects, has been a great hobby of mine ever since I can remember. Only, I did my photography and my art in the quiet of my within, for my own pleasure and relaxation and for the few very close and amiable friends and family members who were interested in knowing how I see the world. I take photographs with passion and great attention to details. My photography is the true representation of the first immediate impact the subject has on me, as I very seldom like to play with photo editing.
I am interested in a variety of subjects and I have a great trained eye for details. I am an avid traveler and an attentive observer of other cultures, habits and places, all attributes that constitute my photography. I am very close to the world of dance and I am captivated by body motions and variations, and how photography can depict, freeze an instant forever, and transfer to the observer so many different intriguingly emotions. As an artist, I love to take a “panoramic” photo of a subject and then close-up to it and take images of details; my photos are at the same time the “whole” and the “deconstructed.” The world of dance is especially germane to this concept as the study of a body in motion lends uncountable opportunities of whole visualization and split deconstruction.
I have been photographing dancers and performers in action for almost a decade now and I have found myself more involved in the process with each passing year. What has started as a very personal satisfactory journey, a release valve from the work at the bench, has, with time, developed in an essential part of my everyday life.
My visualization of photography tightly connects with my scientific wisdom. Initiative and perseverance are at the hard core of both science and art. In science, initiative is needed to explore beyond the known, and perseverance is needed to accomplish endless repetitions. In art, initiative is needed to emotionally connect with the outside world and perseverance is needed to find the most inspiring way to represent this connection.
My work has been chosen for two consecutive years to be part of the “Small Works Show” exhibition held at the Chait Galleries Downtown, based in Iowa City. The shows ran from November 2012 to January 2013 and from November 2013 to January 2014. Some of my work has also earned special recognition in various photography competitions. Published photography can be found in “Images of Yesterday”, The International Library of Photography 1998 (Russell Hall editor; Water Mark Press publisher).
I have commissions from various Dance Studios in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area and from the Coralville Center For The Performing Arts (Coralville, Iowa) and The Englert Theater (Iowa City, Iowa). My performing arts credits include work for the Nutcracker Ballet, the Cinderella Ballet, Aladdin the Musical, the Annual Nolte Academy Modern Dance Gala, and the AFFECT Dance Performing Company Showcase. I have also enjoyed portraying children in preschool settings and graduating high school seniors.
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