“I want to say one word to you. Just one word.... Plastics.” -- Mr. McGuire, The Graduate
No matter how much I try to get rid of plastic, shopping with canvas bags, refusing bags at stores, I have accumulated a mountain of plastic bags. If we are the Plastic People, it is what I want to use as the quintessential material of the 21st century.
My work is a search for the best depiction of my life as an immigrant in America, through both the materials I use and the choices of subject matter. The culture is beautiful, welcoming, liberating, and at the very same time flawed, elusive, transient and never completely my own.
Isabelle Garbani is an emerging artist who received an MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2004 and has since been exhibiting her work throughout the New York metropolitan area and the Northeast.
Among her exhibitions are Arte! Beaux-Arts! Kunst! at Payne Gallery in PA, Figureworks Gallery in Brooklyn in 2007, and the Third Annual Summer Exhibition at the New York Academy of Art in 2009. In 2004, she successfully completed her first public Art Project “Big Apple Fest” for the City of New York. She had her first solo exhibit in 2008 at the Earlville Opera House and is scheduled for her second in 2011 at her gallery, BoxHeart Gallery in Pittsburgh.
Her work from the 2010 Brooklyn based show Single Fare was recently shown in the New York Times.
She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.