Brizzi’s work is displayed July 7 through Aug. 4 at Curbside Gallery, 928 E. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana. A July 7 reception coincides with the Santiago Art District Art Walk.
Until she was 16, Brizzi lived in Paris, which bred a European appreciation for buildings that show their age and history. A graduate of the Otis Institute of Art and Design, she often goes on “photo safaris” through industrial areas of Los Angeles, snapping pictures of “dirty alleys, old windows, fire escapes, and chaos” to use in her paintings.
First Brizzi digitally alters a photograph to get the desired image, prints it, and cuts out shapes with an X-Acto knife. She’ll paint a background onto wood or canvas, apply the cutout photo images, then layer on color washes and add details, such as her signature birds. She finishes the painting with a protective coat of varnish.
“Gateway” uses photos of a bridge behind Brizzi’s home and towers in New York and L.A. to create an “alternate reality, a place I wish existed.” She drew inspiration from her uncle, Gaetan Brizzi. “He and my father are artists who taught me to see beauty where most people wouldn’t—in a rusty ladder, a crumbling wall, a desolate and decrepit landscape.”
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This article originally appeared in the July 2012 issue.