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Sara Tomazzolli

I am fascinated with the idea of the fantastical and how our imaginations bring us to places and beings that are larger-than-life. The stories that we create, no matter how outlandish, always have some basis in reality - whether through creatures that resemble familiar animals or its conflict is a reflection of real-world struggles. In my work, I explore the overlap of fantasy and reality through narrative pieces that feature creatures of myth and urban legends. Characters such as Bigfoot, the Lochness Monster, Mothman, and jackalopes, in addition to classic monsters, roam their perceived habitats, often peering into our plane of existence through eye contact with the viewer. I inject a sense of off-beat humor by combining unsettling imagery with the whimsical spirit that is innate to cryptids. Though most tales are characteristically eerie, the generally absurd appearance of these creatures counteracts any otherwise sinister elements.

Sara Tomazzolli, Dover Demon, Woodcut, 15 x 22?, 2020 Sara Tomazzolli, Dover Demon, Woodcut, 15 x 22”, 2020

Sara Tomazzolli, The 13th Child, Etching, 15 x 22?, 2021 Sara Tomazzolli, The 13th Child, Etching, 15 x 22”, 2021

Sara Tomazzolli, Nighttime Stroll, Photo-polymergravure and etching, 6 x 9?, 2021 Sara Tomazzolli, Nighttime Stroll, Photo-polymergravure and etching, 6 x 9”, 2021