Allison Bianco uses printmaking to explore her relationship to her memories of her native Rhode Island through a combination of technical experimentation and art historical references. In her recent work, these landscapes have increasingly symbolized the juxtaposition between memory and reality, and the impact of nostalgia on the reliability of her own experience of place. In prints that are often brightly colored and large in scale, Bianco represents recognizable, popular sites—often those that serve as family vacation destinations, such as Block Island, Narragansett and Matunuck. As in recollection, these places appear stylized, warm and bright, but there are persistent hints of instability that belie their idealization.
Allison Bianco, Later that Day at Second Beach (2014)
- Intaglio with chine collé and gold foil transfer, screenprint, 40 x 48 inches. Edition of 5. Printed by the artist. Published by the artist and Cade Tompkins Projects, Providence, RI. $8,000.