Artist Bio & Statement
Florence Weisz has been a professional artist for over 40 years. After earning a degree in Fine Art from Douglass College, Rutgers University, she has lived, studied and created art in New York, New Jersey, Paris, and in Jerusalem. Recently she has become a member of the Philadelphia art community and has exhibited her work with DaVinci Art Alliance, ARTsisters, InLiquid, Tri-State Artists Equity, CFEVA, Philadelphia CollageWorks, Mainline Art Center and MCGOPA. Her artworks are in numerous collections including The New Jersey State Museum, Citibank, IBM, PSE&G, Merck, Schering-Plough, Chubb Insurance, the Municipality of Be’er Sheva, Israel, and The Port of Authority of NY and NJ. She is a recipient of a NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowship Award.
My primary medium is paper collage. I have explored many subjects over the years creating my own distinctive materials and searching for innovative ways to express each visual theme. One series, “Sensuous Stripes” was originally inspired by a fashion trend I had mistakenly thought began in China. This series has evolved into deeper explorations of geometric patterns integrated with expressive forms. They are abstract collages composed with details from my photographs of people wearing striped clothing. I print out sections of images on acid free photo paper to use as collage material. Some works also include vibrant sections of my abstract alcohol-ink papers. Most recently I have been manipulating my striped print-outs into 3 dimensional forms that play with real and illusionistic space. I have enjoyed opportunities to create Striped Site Specific installations in galleries in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. I love the abstract power of the striped patterns when combined in myriad combinations. What fascinates me in stripes is how rigid patterns of parallel lines become organic and undulating when photographed on the human form. http://florenceweisz.com/portfolio/stripes.html