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Art Buff: Jackie Albarella

Where are you from originally?  
I am originally from West Seneca, where I still live today. I spent a few years in NYC and a few on the road, but love it back here in WNY.
What is your medium? 
I work in photography, video and theater.
How has Buffalo influenced your work? 
I have been very influenced by the beautiful acres and acres of farmland and natural habitats. Living in West Seneca, I was very influenced by the work of Charles Burchfield who was my neighbor growing up. He painted many of the same scenes I have shot both on film and as still images.I love upstate NY. I love the parks, creeks and water, there are so many beautiful places to experience.
Where do you draw your inspiration from? 
I am inspired by nature; the sounds you hear in the dead of night or the early morning shadows. I am inspired by other artists who generously share their views and their work. I am inspired by people, young and old who all help me create my stories.
Who is the artist that most inspires you? 
Dorothea Lange, Milton Rogovin, Ansel Adams
What is your preferred subject matter? 
Anything outdoors. I love creeks and waterfalls, large sweeping fields and quite peaceful valleys.
How do you feel you can best advance to the next level, or are you most happy where you are now? 
I am constantly pushing myself. I am always challenging myself to ask “How can tell new stories with age old vistas. What do I want to say now? How do I connect to this crazy, fast, multi dimensional world.” I am working on a new installation piece that uses video and a theatrical type set. It is called The Emergency Room. It’s a bit darker than most of my work, but it is timely right now and I hope to get it into a gallery this year. 
What is another medium that you would like to learn? Or that you have already learned? 
I move from still images to moving images. They are very different, but I like the differences that one medium provides me over another. I also work in the theater and again, I often incorporate video so that the set is more like an environment, mixing sound, image and live performance.
Is there a purpose to your artwork?
Always. Sometimes to share beauty, sometimes to create an awareness, sometimes just for me .
Olmsted-Tree-Jackie-NY.jpgHow often do you work on your art? 
Every day
What or who first prompted you to venture into the art world? 
I started going to a lot of art shows and speaking with artists and they encouraged me to begin to show my work.
Have you been schooled in art? Are you planning on attending art school? If so, where? 
Never went to school for art. I have taken theater courses in college.
Where is your favorite venue in Buffalo to exhibit? 
Burchfield Penney
Where is your current/next show in the city? Dates?  
I have a show at the airport right now that runs until May 1. It is a collection from my series documenting the restoration of the Hotel Lafayette. These images will eventually become a book and documentary. The next show will be during the month of  July I will have an exhibit at Horizons Gallery in WNED.
What is the title and theme of the show?
The show is a collection of my landscapes and images following the restoration of the Hotel Lafayette.
Where did you learn your craft? 
I am self taught. I have learned by looking at other artists incredible work and talking to great artists. 
What’s your favorite movie? 
A League of their Own
What’s your favorite restaurant in Buffalo? 
I love to eat, so I have several. But one of my favorites is Betty’s.
What’s the best thing about being an artist? 
The people you meet and work with and the projects you work on.
What’s the worst thing about being an artist? 
The challenge of living in the world of art and the world of commerce.
Is there another local artist who you would like us to interview? 
Jim Bush, Gerry Mead
Anything else? 
Thanks for thinking of me!

Written by WCPerspective


Buffalo and development junkie currently exiled in California.

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