Solo Exhibits

"Chambers of the Red Death"

In 2015 I was honored to have the Poe Museum of Richmond host this exhibit which premiered on their annual celebration of Poe's birthday in January and remained up until May of that year.

"The Masque of the Red" is a story that plays on my fascinations and fears. Having read it in school long ago, the vivid imagery, especially the description of the lit chambers, stayed with me. Despite my love of ravens, "The Masque" has always been my favorite Poe story, and the one that is clearest in my mind. To be able to interpret it through art, especially in a medium that was relatively new to me, was a true joy. I decided to recreate the chambers themselves using cut-paper, colored gels, acrylics, and LED lights. The progression of acrylic 'blood splatter' that creeps slowly into the bottom right corner of each shadow box enhances the feeling of dread as the viewer moves through the rooms, closer and closer to the final chamber and the Red Death. Meant to be viewed in a dark room for the best lighting effects, the show was not easily photographed, but I hope you are able to enjoy it none-the-less.

"...The prince had provided all the appliances of pleasure. There were buffoons, there were improvisatori, there were ballet-dancers, there were musicians, there was Beauty, there was wine. All these and security were within. Without was the Red Death." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

"Unrelated Fauna"
This show premiered in 2010 at the Richmond Public Library for their 1st Friday art opening. As the title suggests, I was experimenting with different figures and creatures as well as different mediums. The resulting motley group of characters' unifying thread was slightly dark and contemplative with each one harboring their own secret that they seem hesitant to reveal to the viewer.
The materials used for these pieces ranges from watercolor and acrylic paint to polymer clay and found objects.

All artwork © Nicole Pisaniello 2019