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I am an artist, printmaker, and bookbinder living and working in Peekskill, New York. I work in mixed media combining collage, drawing, and printmaking to create works on paper and artists books. My work explores the conflict between humans and nature, and what it means to be a woman in contemporary society. Theme… Read More
I am an artist, printmaker, and bookbinder living and working in Peekskill, New York. I work in mixed media combining collage, drawing, and printmaking to create works on paper and artists books. My work explores the conflict between humans and nature, and what it means to be a woman in contemporary society. Themes such as generation, growth, sexuality, entropy and decay are present throughout my work. I currently teach printmaking at Nassau Community College in Garden City, NY. and online at Skillshare.com https://www.skillshare.com/r/ecastaldo

I received my MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta GA in 2013 where I was a Dean’s Fellow in Printmaking. I received my BFA in Drawing and Painting in 2007 from the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY. My artist's books are shown and sold through Vamp & Tramp Booksellers. In my spare time I create custom handbound sketchbooks under the moniker Bound Sweet & Simply Sewn. My work has been exhibited throughout the United States as well as in Montreal, QC and at the SCAD Lacoste campus in France. In August of 2013, my first solo exhibition, "Sensual Metamorphosis", was presented at the Dewberry Gallery in Atlanta GA. I have received much recognition for my work including first place for my book, "Specimen", in the 6th Annual Artists Book Competition at the ACA Library of SCAD, and best in show for my print "Miss Winter (Juniper)" in the “Sidewalk Art Project” exhibition at the Atlanta Preservation Center. In addition to being in many private collections, my work has been collected by several institutions including the Savannah College of Art and Design, Carnegie Melon University and Yale University. Read Less
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    Skillshare.com
  • Adjunct Faculty
    Nassau Community College — Garden City, NY, USA
  • Finishing Specialist
    Inwork Inc. — East Irvington, NY, USA
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I create mixed media works on paper, prints, and artist’s books exploring issues such as generation, growth, sexuality, entropy and decay. I am often inspired by the structural patterns inherent in plant and animal life that reveal an undeniable connection between humans and the natural universe. The resulting wo… Read More
I create mixed media works on paper, prints, and artist’s books exploring issues such as generation, growth, sexuality, entropy and decay. I am often inspired by the structural patterns inherent in plant and animal life that reveal an undeniable connection between humans and the natural universe. The resulting work depicts figures that are involved in an unpredictable metamorphosis. The compositions become multi-layered worlds filled with motifs inspired by human anatomy, plant structures, and geometry. The bodies exist on the cusp of creation and destruction, drawing a parallel between the conflicts of the human mind, and the entropy of nature. The lines between nature and body blur, and the deconstructed figures begin to transform into new awkward organisms with their own sensuous beauty. The conflicts present in the subject matter create a push and pull between nature and human nature. A key theme throughout the work is the resilience of living things and the ability for adaptation, despite a natural tendency toward disorder.

My choice to depict the female form centers on women’s roles as creators and their symbolic association with nature. Changing attitudes over time have turned female bodies from sources of life and power to objects of desire. By reclaiming these parts and recontextualizing them I wish to equate femininity with a powerful force of creation and sexuality independent of the desire of others. At the same time I am exploring a more universal human relationship with nature, I am also exploring what it means to be female and hold this potential for creation and power.

The activity of collecting is very central to my studio practice. I scour magazines, discarded books, and found photos for the images I appropriate into my work. I will often use parts of images over and over again, sometimes reproducing them using printmaking techniques, essentially creating my own collage materials. I work in processes such as drawing, collage, watercolor, silkscreen, letterpress, relief printing, etching, papermaking, and bookbinding. Read Less
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