15.25" x 9.75" mounted on canvas 11" x 14"
night merges with day
what is fantasy, might be true
his stone to her skin
converge with reality
lucid dreams revolt
reality crumbles as we embrace it
precious face notices
touch hardens the soul
confuse the controlling dreamer
cherub sight deceives others
secrets of the present converge
day breaks the night
future to past souls
she feels all with vanishing eyes
secrets yearning to control
— © Michelle DeCicco
Inspired by the photograph Eva’s Angel by Cheryl Lickona
Combining my love for vintage images and objects with my love of photography and storytelling, I created these digital collages as a learning process and exploration into the intriguing art of collage. I was drawn to the idea of taking unconnected objects and combining them to create something new and completely different. Many of my elements are of Art Deco and Classical sculptures, making them come alive in a world of my own making. Others are vintage photographs, stitched together with unexpected elements. I love turning architecture into fabric, a bustle into an arm, or tapestry into a tattoo.
As each evolved, a story evolved with them, sometimes obvious, sometimes up to the viewer’s own invention, sometimes just an illusion to something not quite explained. With a touch of fantasy, and certainly a romantic viewpoint, they definitely speak to my own vision as an artist, a designer and as a person.
I am an illustrator, an artisan, a photographer, and a writer. I am a graduate of Albany State University and The Fashion Institute of Technology. A Hudson Valley native, and a resident of NYC for 30+ years, I began my professional career as a published fashion illustrator, doing work for such notable names as Elizabeth Arden, Bloomingdales, Henri Bendel, Bullocks, Glamour Magazine, The Museum of Modern Art. It was when I relocated to Columbia County in 2006 that I began exploring other ways to expand my creativity, most recently through collage. I have exhibited my work at numerous shows including exhibits at Columbia County Council of the Arts, Greene County Council of the Arts, The Hudson Opera House, and an Arts Thirteen Exhibit at the Rhinebeck Public Library, and have had a Christmas Card design and illustration in the Card collection of MoMA.