Donated by the Artist
Francesca Maniaci was born on December 9th, 1965 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, of Italian parents.She studied Fine Arts at the University of Windsor and Concordia University in Montreal. She has lived in Montreal for the last ten years. Francesca has participated in many group shows and has had four solo exhibitions. She works mainly in the mediums of assemblage, collage, installation and video. During the summer of 1999 she participated in a group exhibition of Italian Canadian artists which took place in Italy.
|The OLTGASM derives its name from Arisztid Olt, the short-lived pseudonum used in Hungarian films of 1917 by the actor born Béla Ferenc Dezsó Blaskó, later known as Bela Lugosi. A one-of-a-kind, painstakingly hand-crafted piece of art, each OLTGASM is numbered and issued to select individuals by mail. It will alter and enhance any decor, is ideal for framing, simply pinning to a wall or propping on a mantle where it is sure to be an item of conversation and envy at your every soireém shindig or hoot-nanny. Your heirloom-quality OLTGASM will serve you and generations of your offspring well as a coaster or trivet. Make it into a brooch or use as is for a handy and unique shoebox divider. Use it to surf the net. Simply pop it in the mcrowave for a marvelous snack the whole family is sure to enjoy.I'm a collage/mixed media artist, very interested in interactive work, do ALOT of mail art, exchanges, collaborations, etc. For more about me, my work, my credentials (M.A., M.F.A., currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA, USA), check out my website.|
I've been printing with LightJet on photographic paper. The LightJet writes with colored lasers directly to the paper, so there aren't the sort of focus issues that come up with enlargers. I use Foto1 (www.foto1.com) to do the printing. They can print up to 4x8 feet. Also, they use Fuji Crystal Archive paper which has good color and long life. I use Photoshop; I had to buy extra RAM to work with such large files."
|My sister and I used to "play" with my Gram's blender (unplugged) like they were control panels and hit the buttons and yell out things.|
We didn't know what "Liquify" was, as we were too young to read the word correctly, so we called it "L'Quiffe", hence the name for the collage!