Bonnie Tatro Capogna
Incubator Project Space
February 1 – 25, 2015
Opening Reception: Sunday, Feb. 1, 2 - 4 pm
Bonnie Tatro Capogna is a sculptor and art teacher atWahconah Regional High School in Dalton, MA and Berkshire Community College inPittsfield, MA. She received her MFA fromthe University of Albany, Albany, NY in 2003 and her BFA from the University ofMassachusetts, Amherst in Her work hasbeen on exhibit throughout New England. She currently resides in Hinsdale, Massachusetts with her husband andtwo daughters. Her sculptures are builtusing clay and the vessel is her primary focus, with the use of texture andcolor for desired effects.
The vessel has long interested me for both its form and function. I appreciate its interior and its ability to hold and contain, while at the same time, I find myself captivated by what exists of a vessel beyond its utilitarian function. I’m drawn to the quality of the vessel’s exterior and how it melds with and relates to its function.
In my own sculpting process, I begin with a design plan that metamorphoses as the work progresses. The earthen material of the clay has a wet, moldable body that moves and grows in my hands while I work with it and which finds permanence once hardened. The transformation that comes with glazing brings vibrancy and excitement to the forms. My work is comprised of pod-like vessels that have an organic quality which at times manifests as other-worldly.