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Triada Samaras
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Carroll Gardens



ARTIST STATEMENT: Triada Samaras Artist Statement I am an interdisciplinary artist of Greek ancestry whose art practice investigates: human identity, human body, human voice, house/home, and geography. As a Greek-American artist, the Greek genos has had an enormous impact on my life and art, including the combined influences of New Hellenism, Byzantinism, and the lively, independent spirit of Democracy. This is unmistakable in my art practice, as I shift from one home to another, then back again. My paintings, drawings and sculptures are largely auto-biographical. Through familiar representations such as: house, home and the body I explore my human feelings, thoughts, memories, perceptions and experiences. However, these recognizable images are almost always metaphors. As an artist, I am interested in the transformative nature of art: the ability artmaking has to transcend human experience and creatively shape it anew. I believe being human is often traumatic. By this I mean shocking, startling, unpredictable and even devastating. I know for myself this has always been true. Beginning my artwork from this kind of forceful human emotion I slowly and deliberately move to a new place with it artistically, traveling far beyond it using the formal elements of art such as line and texture, value and form. I can do this because I have learned to release this emotional force to a greater realm, one that is imaginary and mysterious and even more powerful. Often I might begin an art work with a line from a poem I have written. The words are tangible and visible in my mind but I have no pre-formulated plan for the painting until I have begun to use the paint. I am not interested in the re-creation of my human experience per se. Rather I wish to use this powerful emotional energy as a catalyst that drives my creative process forward in the direction of something new. During the artistic process, I work largely by instinct with the art materials at hand. I have no pre-formulated plan for the painting until I have begun to use the paint. I rely on inner dialogues and guidance for the answers to so many pressing artistic questions about forms, colors, gestures, and words. I try to move out of my own way and I never feel the need to know what a finished piece will look like. The final artwork is a push and pull between my lived human life and my experience as an artist with the materials and the reality of these materials as physical matters in actual space. Thus, my artwork begins in a literal place in my mind but ends far away from that place. The final outcome is usually a surprise. For me the art studio is a place of magic and a place of transformation where what has been becomes what might have been or what might still be or a host of other possibilities. I enjoy being catapulted beyond what I know and I enjoy being transformed. It is my hope that the viewer will also be able to sense, feel, or perceive the transformative movement that is at the heart of my artwork viscerally. It is my hope that the viewer will encounter the works in this way. Triada Samaras 2017
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Triada Samaras
Interdisciplinary Artist/Poet/Art Educator
#5 2nd St. Apt. #1
Brooklyn, NY 11231
triadasamaras@gmail.com
www.tridasamaras.com
cell 917-558-6157

EDUCATION

2012 Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Interdisciplinary Art, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT

2006 Master of Art (MA) in Art and Art Education, Teachers College/Columbia University, New York

1985 Fifth Year Certificate in Studio Art, Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
*Medici Society Traveling Fellowship Award granted with Boston Museum of
Fine Arts Group Exhibition

1984 Diploma in Studio Art, Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston, MA *Dana Pond Award in Painting

1980 Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Studio Art, Smith College, Northampton, MA

UNIVERSITY TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2006-Present Kean University, Union, NJ, Adjunct Professor, Fine Arts Department: Color Theory, Drawing 1, Painting 1, Introduction to Art, Visual Thinking, 2-D Design, 3-D Design, Painting for Non-Majors, Research and Technology for Art Majors

2009-Present William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ, Adjunct Professor of Art Education:
Creativity & Play in Early Childhood (Graduate Level)
Creative Arts & Children’s Literature
Methods of Teaching Secondary Creative Arts, K-12: (Undergraduate and Graduate Level)
Methods and Assessments, K-5 (Undergraduate and Graduate Level)
Disability in Media and Art

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018 (Forthcoming January 2018)
Paterson Museum, Paterson New Jersey
Triada Samaras: Paintings, Photographs, Drawings

2015 Nancy Dryfoos Gallery. Kean University, Union, New Jersey
Photographs: The State of Greece 2012:
Enoikiazetai/Poleitai-For Rent/ForSale

2009 Nancy Dryfoos Gallery. Kean University, Union, New Jersey
Photo Installation: Democracy Wall.
Paintings: House 1. House ll.
Sculpture. Houses.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 (Forthcoming August 2017)
AthensArt: The International Arts Festival, Athens, Greece and International
Athens, Greece 2017 Exhibition dedicated to Nikos Kazantzakis 1883-1957

2016 Kentler International Drawing Gallery. Brooklyn, New York
100 Works on Paper Benefit
Mixed Media: The State of Greece 2012:
Enoikiazetai/Poleitai-For Rent/ForSale

2014 AthensArt: The International Arts Festival, Athens, Greece and International
4rth Annual AthensArt International Art Festival in Vienna
Gallery “Lichtraum eins”/Paul & Sonia Siblik
Vienna, Austria
Photographs: From New York to New Jersey and Back

2014 James Howe Gallery. Kean University, Union, New Jersey
Fall Salon 2014
Painting: Homeless

2014 A.I.R. Gallery. Brooklyn, New York
Wish You Were Here13
AIR Gallery’s Annual Postcard Show
Drawing: Wind blows through me

2014 Kentler International Drawing Gallery. Brooklyn, New York
100 Works on Paper Benefit
Drawing: Drifting House

2013 AthensArt: The International Arts Festival, Athens, Greece and International
4rth Annual AthensArt International Art Festival in Ukraine
Gallery APARTMENT No. 10
Odessa, Ukraine
Photographs: From New York to New Jersey and Back

2013 AthensArt: The International Arts Festival, Athens, Greece and International
4rth Annual AthensArt International Art Festival in Egypt
Bibliothecha Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt (temporarily postponed)
Photographs: From New York to New Jersey and Back

2012 Vital Space, Athens, Greece and International
Nature and Humanity
Art/Text Project: The State of Greece 2012: Enoikiazetai/Poleitai-For Rent/For Sale

2012 Kentler International Drawing Gallery. Brooklyn, New York
100 Works on Paper Benefit
Drawing: For Nick: The journey of a thousand steps begins with a single step…

2012 Old Stone House. Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn Utopias Exhibition: Park Space, Play Space
Interdisciplinary Art Project: Public Voice. Public Dream. Public Place
With CORD/Coalition for Respectful Development

2011 Goddard College. Plainfield, Vermont
Summer Art Crawl Exhibition
Sculpture: Doll House (House, Objects).

2011 Kean University. Wayne, New Jersey
“Can You See Me?” Collaborative/Interdisciplinary Performance/Exhibition
Installation: House (Objects, Photos)

2011 Goddard College. Plainfield, Vermont
Winter Art Crawl Exhibition
Collaborative Installation with Susan Handler: Scarring Our Water (Painting/Text)

2010 Governors Island, NY. Governors Island Utopia.
Governors Island Utopia.
Collaborative Painting/Text Installation with Susan Handler. Scarring Our Water.

2010 Macy Gallery. Columbia University, New York, New York
Producing Exhibition
Video: Life is Not a Bowl of Cherries

2010 Macy Gallery. Columbia University, New York, New York
Studio Practices Exhibition
Video: Burning House ll

2010 Millbank Chapel. Columbia University, New York, New York
GISCA/Global Initiative for Social Change Through the Arts: Gisca Palooza
Installation: Democracy Wall (Photos, Objects, Sound, Text).

2010 Kentler International Drawing Space. Brooklyn, New York
100 Works on Paper Benefit.
Drawing: 10 Things That Can Happen to Your House in New York City, #2

For more info please contact the artist at: triadasamaras@gmail.com
 








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