I grew up within sight of the missile gantries at Cape Canaveral, Florida during the race to the moon between the US and USSR. Visual juxtapositions, such as rosette spoonbills flying at the rumble of a rocket launch, created for me a lasting appreciation of images that are at once familiar and unsettling. Connecting disparate elements so that we see things in a new way is central to my art. I enjoy collecting and using in my work vintage objects and ephemera that tell stories of who we are how we have lived. Transforming forgotten castoffs and ordinary detritus into meaningful imagery is for me a personal statement of faith.
Marianne Lettieri received a BFA from University of Florida in 1971 with majors in printmaking, drawing and dance. She worked as a graphic artist and modern dancer prior to a career in creative marketing and communications in the high technology industry of Northern California. She now works full time as an artist in assemblage, collage and mixed media, and conducts art workshops in the Bay Area. She exhibits at The Main Gallery in Redwood City, and is the founder of Arts of the Covenant, a Christian art organization.
March 17-April 20, 2008 at The Main Gallery in Redwood City, she will show new works created with cages and lanterns that explore the concepts of confinement and freedom.