My paintings rely heavily on metaphoric narratives and recurring symbology to reflect my own experiences and thoughts regarding faith, anxiety, life and death. I emphasize both the positive and negative aspects of these narratives equally, forcing them to be acknowledged and recognized rather than swept under the rug. I believe in the importance of life’s darkness as well as its light and aim to present these counter forces on an equal playing field. While certain symbols act as a placeholder for positivity and joy, others portray negativity and sorrow.
A desire for transparency and overall vulnerability has been the driving force in my recent paintings. I am inspired by the pure honesty of certain creators throughout art history and I strive to contribute to that dialogue of self reflection. It is unarguable that an individual’s art can clue a viewer into their personal outlook and experiences; which is a transcendence I am trying to achieve.
On a technical level, I am painting with a combination of both oil and acrylic on the same work. Both variations of paint have qualities that I love and, for the longest time, I subconsciously kept seperate. Now, however, by working with both mediums at once, I am able to pit these qualities and characteristics against themselves to enhance the visual experience to create a unified image. The mediums’ differing sheens and texture, for example, allow me to emphasize certain areas to dull and obscure as needed to better tell the story at hand.
Gregory CosciaWithered, 2021
oil and acrylic on canvas
Gregory CosciaArm (No.1), 2019
silicone and tattoo ink
Gregory CosciaLook Alive, 2021
oil on canvas