Artist of the Month August 2017: Daniel Chiaccio
I am pleased to introduce you to Daniel Chiaccio, an artist and printmaker from Massachusetts. His work is compelling, and draws you in deeply. His story is quite unique. Below, you can read all about his catching the "printmaking bug" and how he approaches his work. You can also see his portfolio on his website, danielchiaccio.weebly.com.
Daniel, can you tell me about your art and approach?
The work I create is meant to draw the viewer in and allow themselves to be in the setting. Most of what I create has an underlying theme of "working with what you got" to put it bluntly. The imagery reflects a setting or world built out of commonly found items assembled in a way that looks amateurish and rough. Normally this would make the viewer approach the setting as uneasy or dangerous but the way I capture the wonder and creativity of the setting makes it appear as pleasant and fascinating.
While applying the theme of using what you have I also urge the viewer to be inspired and thankful for what they do have in life. At their core my prints pay respects to whats really important in life. You can have some hard times and very little to work with, but with the right intention and optimism any world or location you find yourself in can be beautiful and full of wonder.
People, animals or any clear indication that the settings in my prints are occupied are absent for a reason. I want the viewer to immerse themselves into the work and spend time studying the print. My intention is to have the viewer place themselves in the world I created and continuously find new and interesting scenery along the way.
How did you get started with Printmaking?
I started reluctantly in college while I was studying illustration. I did not want to enter any sort of printmaking course but I was required to as an elective. My tune changed immediately though after I took my first etching course, after that I switched my major and stuck with it ever since. I caught what many refer to as the "printmaking bug".
What is your preferred medium?
Definitely Copper Plate Intaglio. The workability of the metal and the various effects you can get from etching never gets old.
Can you tell me a bit about the pieces you've shared with us today?
These are some of my recent copper plate etchings. They are part of a larger series/theme I have been focusing on for the past few years.
What is the thing that you love most about Printmaking?
I love how the process is just as important as the product. When you are a printmaker you find yourself immersed in many roles. One can be an artist, craftsman and scientist simultaneously. Due to that the act of printmaking never gets old, theres always something new to learn and problems to solve.
What is the thing that you struggle with most in your Printmaking?
Like may printmakers I struggle with drawing in reverse. Working with etchings one has to draw the image in reverse so that when its printed the image translates properly. Another issue I come across is the timing of the ferric chloride for the step etching process, the results I get are never perfect, if everything worked out according to plan then I'd say thats not really how the meticulous medium of printmaking goes. It's always a welcome challenge to problem solve.
Is printmaking/art what you do full-time?
I work as a printmaker part time. During the warmer months in the northeast I travel around locally and participate in craft/print fairs. Also I work as a shop technician for an amazing printmaking studio called Zea Mays Printmaking, there I basically fix what needs fixing and keep an eye on the upkeep of the studio. At the moment printmaking does not fully sustain me but I'm getting closer everyday, I definitely see myself doing this for the rest of my life and with enough passion and tenacity I have no doubt it will take me places.
Is there anything else that you would like our readers to know?
You are all amazing and I'm thrilled to see all of the amazing work this community makes. Its really something to see, this beautiful medium going strong.
How can people find you online?
Thank you SO MUCH to Daniel for taking the time to interview with us! Your story is so interesting, and I love the immersive worlds that you create!
Thanks to our readers as well, who have read this far! Please leave a comment with your thoughts and get a discussion going! This is a wonderful opportunity to bring some minds together!
If you're interested in being a featured artist, contact me at JustPrintmaking@gmail.com
I feature a new artist every month through an interview process similar to this.