A collection of Savarese's water images featured at the 2017 Architectural Digest Design Show and the 2017 Spring Affordable Art Fair.
Water in Tumult
Frothing, foaming, surging, pounding, cascading, churning, spraying, swirling, blazing---the drama of water has a deep primal reach. In her Water in Tumult series, Savarese explores water in full force.
Savarese loves finding star systems and vast constellations on the surface of water, reflecting the infinity of the universe.
In her Water Paints series, Savarese embraces the challenge of attempting to capture unique compositions of reflected strokes and pigments on the surface of water.
Like people everywhere, Savarese gazes out at 'waterscapes' with great longing. Where to place the horizon line between water and sky is always the big question.
Exploring the many manifestations of water and our own multi-faceted relationship with this vital and extraordinary substance has been one of Savarese's enduring passions. Her Water Skin series skims the surface of this focus, featuring a variety of water textures.
Probably starting even in the womb, humankind loves interaction with water. Children, especially, delight in water wherever it can be found--whether puddles or streams, ponds or lakes, rivers or oceans. Even those grown old return to water whenever possible, as a sure way back to the joys of their childhood.
Legend has it that a spiteful deity sliced the Iguazu River in a jealous rage after learning that the woman he hoped to marry had fled with her mortal lover by boat, and condemned the lovers to eternal falling. To capture the tumult in their thunderous crashing as well as the beauty and mystery of the enshrouding mist was a wonderful challenge.
My Still Life Aviary: Plumigeri
Although enthralled by the enigmatic beauty and character of mounted aviary specimens, Savarese never lost sight of man's hubris in turning these animals into replicas of themselves and the inherent irony in striving to achieve a kind of immortality for them by killing them. Doubly ironic, however, is that she has also never felt more deeply the wonder and beauty of our animal kin than in her close-up encounters with these mounted birds.
Savarese is not a lover of art dominated by religious themes, but in the Louvre and the Metropolitan Museums where such art exists in abundance, she enjoyed snipping out bits of fabric from the magnificent vestments adorning so many figures in the paintings, to better appreciate their vibrant colors and to render a degree of abstraction to the painters' sensual renderings. The barest hint of humanity enshrouded in the bold curves and seductive folds provided an element of vitality that Savarese was especially eager to capture.
Mother’s Day Peonies
The gift of flowers is also a wonderful gift as a photography project. Whether from the most humble bouquet purchased at a Korean grocery shop or the elaborate creations concocted by high-end florists, the opportunity to examine and photograph flowers, one at a time, at different stages of blossom and decline, is always revelatory. The peonies that Savarese's children give her on Mother’s Day are especially poignant.
Savarese's hairdresser, a formidable, 6 ½ foot-tall, bald, ex-Israeli soldier, has big and powerful hands. He was happy to oblige when asked if she could photograph him at work one morning at his salon.
Geometries of Light
On a trip through Morocco, Savarese was drawn to the brass lighting fixtures found in the several riads where she stayed and the intricate shadows they cast on walls, ceilings, and drapes. Geometric patterns are the foundation for almost all art in Morocco, but Savarese especially liked how the sharp and angular light rays bent into curves and blurred in shadow.
The Death and Life Adventures of Rat and Indigo Bunting
Inspired by E.B. White and his masterful portrayal of anthropomorphized animals, this collection of images is meant to similarly relate the death and live adventures of a mounted rat and a mounted indigo bunting with whom Savarese grew very attached while shooting a taxidermist's archives. Savarese adopts the pen name of I.B. Black for the book she self-published of this series.