Artwork by Edward Coppola.Edward Coppola is an artist in Staten Island, NY. He works in mixed media, including collage, diorama sculpture, and photography. He is an adjunct professor and chief college laboratory technician in photography at Brooklyn College/ City University of New York. He received his MFA from Brooklyn College in 1998. His most recent solo exhibitions were at the New York Open Center; the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn; and University College Art Gallery, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ. His work has been included in many group shows in New York and around the U.S.
From the Artist: "My collages incorporate found images and small natural objects such as seeds into carefully painted depictions of the connections between inner and outer universes. The layering of paper, paint, and mixed media serves as a metaphor for the layers and veils of memory and consciousness. Often there are references to macrocosm and microcosm, to outer space and the inner space of the human body and mind, to mundane everyday existence and the timelessness of the universal. I try to find beauty and humor in my visual interpretations of the unity of the physical, spiritual, and metaphysical realms. My many influences include Expressionist, Symbolist, and Visionary painters; early science fiction movies; fairy tales; vintage children’s book illustrations; the displays at the American Museum of Natural History; and the homemade grottoes for religious statues that I saw in my Brooklyn neighborhood as a child. In my work, I try to recapture the thrill and sense of wonder that these influences evoked in me."
Medium: Collage, gouache, and kohlrabi seeds on paper