You all know roses = ARG. Those who know me (in the third person?) well… know how obsessive yet playful I can become with my love of specific words. If you don’t believe me… then you can ask Jackie about the time when we spent an evening competing to see who could get the most people to say the word “MOIST”. Perhaps it is against the norm to favor the word “MOIST” which automatically seems to generate feelings of disgust and/or discomfort equivalent to fingernails scratching against a chalkboard for many, yet I have a completely different reaction. This particular word brings me great joy and makes me think of a perfectly-baked cake.
“MOIST” is the first in my newest photographic series titled “Roses and Words” exploring the physiological reactions to what we see and say collectively induced by the pairing of the two, exploring subtle aspects of classic conditioning. Beyond the surface is a unique personal connectivity that is formed as these carefully curated words and images infiltrate the immediate surroundings where they now live on in the minds and the mouths of as many others as possible, perhaps reversing any negative connotations associated with the word “MOIST”.
AdrienneRose Gionta is an interdisciplinary artist, curator & visual arts educator from Brooklyn, NY residing in South Florida. Currently she has been teaching courses in Multimedia & Web-design, Digital Art, Digital Photography, Drawing & Color Theory at both FAU & NSU. Recently Gionta served as the Gallery Coordinator at the Miami Beach Urban Studios Gallery while attending Florida International University pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Time-Based Media & Photography on full scholarship with a teaching assistantship & has taught courses in Digital Media, Video & Electronic Art at FIU. She has earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture along with a minor in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University and has worked as the Assistant Director at the University Galleries at FAU. In addition, she has been the recipient of several awards such as the Art & Architecture Fellow, Department of Architecture at FIU, Women in the Visual Arts Scholarship, The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties Art Educators Fellowship, the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters Friedland Project Grant, & The National League of American Pen Women Marion Kofman Scholarship. AdrienneRose’s work has been exhibited at ICA Miami, Art Basel Miami, FL; Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL; David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL; 6th Street Container, Miami, FL; Locust Projects, Miami, FL; Girls’ Club, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; 18 Rabbit, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL; Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach; Showtel, West Palm Beach & 10×10, Lake Worth, FL. Her work is also included in the private collection of Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz as
well as other private collections.