Bobbi Mastrangelo’s Artist Statement for WEAD Exhibit Autumn 2013

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
 What is an “Artist’s Statement?”
For most Selected or Juried Exhibitions, an artist is asked to submit a personal statement about the art theme, techniques and information related to the chosen art work. The Artist Statement below is similar to the one I sent to The Women Environmental Artists Directory Juried Membership Exhibition in the autumn of 2013.  WEAD Exhibit:  

“When the People Care” is pictured below the Artist’s Statement


Bobbi Mastrangelo’s Artist Statement 


Since 1979, my art theme has been devoted to manhole covers, water covers, grates and drains. The grate works theme led me into environmental challenges: anti-litter action, water purity and water conservation.

“The Sidewalk Was Paved in Gold.” (Water is a Precious Resource, more precious than gold.)  This fiber art piece incorporates recycled hand-made paper framed with natural bamboo from Florida.  

“When the People Care,” is deeply embossed on hand made paper from re-cycled Readers’ Digests.  The cigarette butts, discarded matches and urban debris compliment my anti-litter poem. During the 1990’s C.L.E.A.N. (Committee for Litter Elimination And Neatness)  adopted spots that they beautified and kept litter free. My personal project was beautification of the grounds, anti-litter education and action in St. James, NY at The  King Kullen Supermarket Area.

Here is my poem that is incised in the art below:

                            “When the People Care”

 When the people care enough, they will not litter.

Then they will notice the beauty of clean sidewalks and streets.

There will be more pride in the environment.

When the People care enough,

When the People Care



“When the People Care,”

  The exhibit piece is floated above a textured background in a silver shadow box frame with a wide mat. 

Mastrangelo’s art in Water Source Exhibit

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Bobbi Mastrangelo’s water cover art relief: “The Sidewalk Was Paved in Gold,” is being exhibited at The Gwinnett Environ- mental & Heritage Center in Buford Georgia from April 3 – 28, 2010.  Bobbi was one of 23 artists from 11 states in the USA selected for “Water S(our)ce,” an exhibition celebrating water as a precious resource.

Water Flow

The  exhibition recognizes that water has always been and will always be a fundamental source of inspiration to artists and hopes to stimulate artistic consideration of our collective shifting perceptions about water.

Gwinnette Center

Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center

“The Sidewalk Was Paved in Gold” is a mixed media sculpture relief.  The water valve cover is made from cast paper and cheesecloth.  Pavers surrounding it are constructed from hand made papers molded over beveled foam core.  Florida bamboo was used for the hand made frame.  A gilded finish alludes to our most precious resource: water.

                                                      Water detail

The water valve paper casting is a detail from Mastrangelo’s fiber relief.  More information about this art work can be found on the blog: Grate Thoughts » Blog Archive » Bobbi Mastrangelo’s Work in Jan/Feb 2010 Fiber Arts Magazine

Learn more about the exhibit at                                                           Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center
2020 Clean Water Drive
Buford, Georgia 30519      Phone: 770.904.3500


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