An artist who grew up in New York City, Lotte Petricone attended the High School of Music and Art and studied painting at The Cooper Union School of Art. After graduating from Cooper Union, Lotte worked in film production as a cel animator on commercials and television. She started her career as an educator at the School of Visual Arts where she taught animation and drawing to BFA and Continuing Education students. This led to an SVA Post-Baccalaureate Art Education program and then Masters in Art Education at Manhattanville College. Currently, Lotte teaches art to middle school students in Clarkstown, NY.
Lotte has always been interested in layering of colors and values, perhaps influenced not just by her painting experiences, but by the years spent as an animator and printmaker, both art forms that rely upon layers of images.
These recent works begin as collages on wood, using parts of evocative images cut or torn from various print publications, most often from old Sunday Times and National Geographic magazines. They are specifically arranged so that there is no clear sense of space, though they strive to build a feeling of depth. The found images are combined with acrylic paint, as the quicker drying process allows for the layers of various transparencies to build and form rich colors. The viewer is invited into the image to create their own story - but they are never meant to be linear, and have no clearly defined narrative other than how the found images might come together for each individual.
In the finished art, all small works between 4” and 24”, the observer may have some difficulty discerning which parts are manipulated photos and which pure paint.