Maria Lupo’s work is rooted in the ecological cycles of nature and one’s relationship to the natural world. The images evoke a mythopoetic relationship with nature that expresses places and creatures both real and imagined. Through the use of tactile, natural materials such asgrass seed, spanish moss, topsoil, and feathers the artwork fuses ecology and mythology bearing witness to nature’s power as well as its vulnerability. Lupo begins her process by searching through dollar stores, toy departments, and garage sales, a process that she likens to a treasure hunt. Searching through materials starts her organic and fluid artistic process, and as she finds just the right body and nose pairing she begins mixing her topsoil and developing a name, personality, and images for her mythical creature. Maria Lupo was born and raised in Newark, NJ and received her BFA from Rutgers University. As part of her studies at Rutgers University, Lupo began her sculptural studies in Cennina, Italy. She continued her studies in Sculpture at Hunter College, CUNY, receiving a Master’s of Fine Arts degree. In addition to her studies as a fine artist, Lupo has completed her Post-Masters Specialization in Art Therapy from Caldwell College and is a Registered Art Therapist, holding a second Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology. Currently, she is a Doctoral Candidate in Medical Humanities at Drew University.
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