Author(s): Paulette Tavormina
In her sumptuous photographic still lifes replete with flora, food, and artifacts, Paulette Tavormina creates intensely personal interpretations of timeless tableaux. With a painterly perspective reminiscent of Old Masters such as Francisco de Zurbaran, Adriaen Coorte, and Giovanna Garzoni, Tavormina s meticulously orchestrated and lit photographs are boldly contemporary in their precision. "Paulette Tavormina: Seizing Beauty" presents the full array of her seductive and opulent still life series, heirs to the legacy of a cherished art tradition now seen through the lens of photography. Essays by art and photography scholars Silvia Malaguzzi, Mark Alice Durant, and Anke Van Wagenberg-Ter Hoeven delve into the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century sources of Tavormina s inspiration, her stance in art photography, and how the conventions of yesterday s painting can transform to make visually stunning photographic art for today."
Paulette Tavormina s photographs are held in museum, corporate, and private collections and have been exhibited in museums and galleries globally. She is a former prop and food specialist whose work can be seen in seven feature films, including "Nixon," "The Astronaut s Wife," and "The Perfect Storm." She photographs works of art for Sotheby s New York, food for cookbooks, and commissions for "National Geographic" and "The New York Times," among others. Tavormina lives in New York City, where she can often be found at one of its many farmers markets or antiques stores, searching for the perfectly imperfect objects that distinguish her work."