VAM 35 Artist Profile | Joseph DiLecce

Meet the artists in VAM 35! Visual Arts Mississauga 35th Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts, in the Art Gallery of Mississauga from January 17 – March 2, received 248 entries from across Ontario. Jurors selected 48 artists to be in the show.

Until the end of February, the AGM blog will feature VAM 35 artists every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Learn about the thinking behind the works in the exhibit, and see the works in person at the AGM!

Name: Joseph DiLecce
Title of work: Gaudi Stair

1.      Tell us about your work in VAM 35. Give us an idea of the conceptual framework you used in creating this piece. What inspired it? Why did you choose to use that particular medium? Why that particular perspective, set of colours, subject matter, etc.

The photograph was taken in Barcelona, Spain, in a house that Gaudi renovated. Gaudi liked to use organic shapes and forms in his architecture, replicating nature. I was drawn to the curvature of the stair railing and the tonality differences of the greys and I liked the way the light was coming in from the window. I was able to use all these elements to make an interesting composition.

2.      How would you describe your creative process? How has your style changed since you started, and what do you think is the reason behind the change?

I seek inventive ways to elicit the most creative results while at the same time making the photographic experience enjoyable for me and my subject. When I have a controlled environment I take my time, experimenting with different settings. In other circumstances when there is no time for experimentation, I rely on my experience, and take the shot before the opportunity is lost. It is sometimes that this spontaneous response yields amazing results.

I started out in film, using darkroom techniques to create the images I wanted. Over a decade ago I switched to digital photography and now use computer software to achieve my results .The possibilities are endless.

3.      If time and money were no object, what artistic project would you like to undertake? What about this project fascinates you, and how do you think it will engage the viewer?

I would like to travel to explore new subjects, photograph magnificent landscapes and interesting peoples. The fascination would be in capturing a moment in time, telling a story, creating an atmosphere and mystery.


Visit the Visual Arts Mississauga 35th Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts at the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) from January 17 – March 2!

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