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a work in progress from the weapons series

Denise Orzo was born in Queens, New York in 1972, and spent her early years on Long Island, dually informed by the ocean’s formidable expansiveness and suburbia’s oppressive myopia.

She works primarily in the wild, alchemical medium of encaustic paint, often converting drawings & historical photographs into stencils to embed images into paper, employing repetition & series to explore archetype & allegory.

Her stark imagery expresses mirrors & projections of this earthling experience; examining the myriad greys in concepts of nature, woman as creator/destroyer, chance, beauty, violence and the other.

Orzo received a BFA in Painting from SUNY New Paltz in 1996. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Oo Gallery, R&F Gallery, The Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art, Kingston Sculpture Biennial, and other venues, publications, & album covers.

The artist currently lives and works in Kingston, New York & is certified to operate an aerial boom.

"An artist's words are always to be taken cautiously. The finished work is often a stranger to, and sometimes very much at odds with what the artist felt or wished to express when he began. .... The artist who discusses the so-called meaning of his work is usually describing a literary side-issue. The core of his original impulse is to be found, if at all, in the work itself." –Louise Bourgeois