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Dieu Donné is a leading non-profit cultural institution dedicated to serving established and emerging artists through the collaborative creation of contemporary art using the process of hand papermaking.

2015 Benefit Edition

Rosemarie Fiore, Smoke Painting Eclipse

New limited editions in handmade paper

Pigmented abaca pulp on cotton base sheet, colored smoke drawing and collage
18 x 18 inches, each
Three variable editions of 5
Individual: unframed $1,800 each or framed: $2,000 each
Set of three: unframed $4,800 or framed $5,400

Dieu Donné announces the release of Smoke Painting Eclipse, three new limited editions in handmade paper by Rosemarie Fiore. The edition is released on the occasion of the 2015 Annual Benefit & Auction, celebrating 25 Years of Artist Residency Programs at Dieu Donné. Fiore was an artist-in-residence in the Workspace Program for emerging, New York State based artists in 2001. 

Collaborating with Artistic Director Paul Wong, Rosemarie Fiore brings together two ancient media (paper and fireworks) that fully incorporate Dieu Donné’s working methods with her own. In the Dieu Donné paper studio, Fiore and Wong created custom sheets of cotton paper, each with a base circle of flourescent abaca pulp in either blue, yellow, or pink. Fiore then used smoke emitting fireworks and a round metal lid Smoke Painting tool to manipulate the color smoke and mark the paper with concentric circles and transparent circular forms. Works in the edition also feature collaged cut circles of smooth, metal-dried paper that were colored by fireworks. 

Fiore typically works with commercially produced machines and utilitarian objects that act as a control in her often unpredictable process. Her significant body of Firework Drawings were created using metal trash cans and buckets as means to guide and distribute the residue of smoke bombs and colored smoke fireworks on paper. She has stated of her unconventional paintings, “As I work, I create imagery by controlling the chaotic nature of the explosions in upside-down containers. When the paper becomes saturated in color, dark and burned, I take it back to my studio and collage blank paper circles onto the image to establish new planes and open up the composition.” By introducing the variables of differently produced handmade papers, the unpredictability doubled, surprising the artist as she developed the image by reacting to the outcome of each step in the process. 

Each color in the series (blue, yellow, and pink) is available in a variable edition of 5. Please contact Kathleen Flynn at or 212-226-0573 ext. 202 to purchase or for more details. Proceeds from Smoke Painting Eclipse support the artistic programs at Dieu Donné.

Rosemarie Fiore (b. 1972, New York) lives and works in Bronx, NY. She received her BA from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has attended residencies at Sculpture Space, Art Omi International Artists Residency Program, Yaddo, Skowhegan, The MacDowell Colony, The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, The Lower East Side Print Shop, and Dieu Donné.  Solo and group exhibitions include Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO; The Savannah College of Art & Design Museum of Art, Savannah, GA; The Bronx Museum, NY; The Queens Museum of Art, NY; Socrates Sculpture Park, NY; The Roswell Museum, NM; and The Franklin Institute of Science, Philadelphia, PA. The artist has upcoming solo exhibitions at The Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; The Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx NY; and Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Fiore is represented by Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles.

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