WHO IS GIOIA FONDA?
Gioia Fonda is a local artist (painter mostly) and art professor at Sacramento City College. She has lived in Sacramento since 2001 and in the neighborhoods of Oak Park/Lawrence Park since 2007. She maintains a studio at Verge Center for the Arts.
You can often see her riding her bike through Oak Park, sometimes taking pictures. You can spot her by the shiny turquoise colored helmet.
Read Gioia's artist statement from her Art + Impact proposal:
I am an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in two-dimensional media (painting, drawing, sewing and photography) with occasional forays in sculpture, performance and new media. My subject matter is ranges from working in a colorful non-objective manner to directly addressing the fallout of the Great Recession. A good deal of my inspiration comes from the things I find/collect, color theory, science, philosophy and current events.
I received my education at California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA (BFA-1996) and School of Visual Arts, New York, NY (MFA-1999). I have lived very happily in Sacramento for fifteen years and teach painting and drawing full-time at Sacramento City College. I maintain a studio at Verge Center for the Arts and am involved in our local art community, contributing as artist, collaborator, educator, occasional curator and intrepid supporter. I am the founder and creator of Pink Week (an ongoing social practice art piece in the form of a holiday to liberate the color pink from all meaning). Pink Week has been going on for twenty-two years and each year I’ve been dedicated to engaging with the public in novel ways such as distributing free pink week patches and organizing community art shows, mail art projects, dance parties and bike parades.
Art making/viewing are an essential part of being human. As artists (whether visual, performing or literary), we are culture creators, but there is a disconnect, between what artists are producing, what gets to the public and what manages to become meaningful within a specific time and place. I long for my work to dialogue with a broader public. Galleries, lovely as they can be, are an insufficient and inefficient way to commune with our fellow humans, especially if you are interested in reaching folks that don’t frequent galleries, which I truly am. This is one of the main drivers of my interest in creating public art.
Experiencing art is like consuming an important and vital nutrient. Just as a person could survive on junk food, I suppose a person, a city or an entire civilization could survive with just the lowest forms or most minimal exposure to art. Survive perhaps, but not thrive. Not consuming enough nutritious food is certainly not the healthiest plan and may lead to dire consequences in the long term. Likewise, I believe that we, as a region, require art that is high quality, thought provoking and reflective of our time and/or place if we want to be a vibrant, dynamic and prosperous city. Public art has the potential to make us a healthier society and it is my hope that I can contribute to the healing and health of this community.
I’ve been so inspired by the speakers that have come to the Art + Impact series. I am invested in Sacramento and Oak Park for the long term and would welcome an opportunity to share my talents more directly with my neighbors. Lastly, wouldn’t it be fantastic to create a community fork sculpture. We’d have so much fun!