Artist Biography

Fiorenza

I am a native of Rome, Italy, and I live now in Iowa City with my husband Michael and our daughter Matilda. I started my career as a cancer and radiation biology scientist and held academic positions at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Iowa. My scientific career spanned more than 25 years. I have been recognized for my scientific work at national and international levels; I have been honored with numerous awards for my scientific contributions and have been awarded several grants. I have been a visiting professor at many prestigious institutions in this country and abroad, and I have published extensively in specialized scientific journals. I was a NASA funded investigator for many years, and I am still an active member of numerous scientific societies.

I have paralleled science and art all my life and I have experimented with different techniques in painting, such as oil, watercolor, and acrylic, on canvas and mixed media. Only recently did I decide to depart from academic life and devote my efforts to the art of photography. Photography, along with other fine art disciplines, has been a true passion of mine as long as I can remember. Previously, I privately enjoyed my artistic endeavors and shared the results with a few very close friends and family members who were interested in knowing how I see the world. I have always approached photography with passion and great attention to detail. For me, photography is a representation of the immediate impact a subject has on me, and thus I am very reluctant to use photo editing techniques that can obscure that representation. As I see it, my photographic composition and my use of the ambient characteristics present at the moment of shooting are the most useful tools in the artistic process.

Personal Gallery

These are some of my favorite photos.

I am interested in a variety of subjects and I have a highly-trained eye for detail. I am an avid traveler and an attentive observer of other cultures, habits and places, all attributes that contribute to my photography. I am very close to the world of dance and am captivated by body motion and its variation, and how photography can capture it, can freeze an instant forever, and transfer to the observer so many different intriguing emotions. As an artist, I love to take a “panoramic” photo of a subject and then closely approach it and take images of details; my photos are at the same time the “whole” and the “deconstructed”. The world of dance is especially germane to this concept as the study of a body in motion lends uncountable opportunities of visualization of both the whole and deconstructed parts.

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I have been photographing dancers and performers in action for about a decade now and I have found myself more involved in the process with each passing year. What started as a very personal journey, a release from work at the lab bench, has, with time, developed into an essential part of my everyday life.

My visualization of photography tightly connects with my scientific wisdom. Initiative and perseverance are at the heart and core of both science and art. In science, initiative is needed to explore beyond the known, and perseverance is needed to accomplish endless repetition. In art, initiative is needed to emotionally connect with the outside world and perseverance is needed to find the most inspiring way to represent this connection.

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My work has been chosen for two consecutive years to be part of the “Small Works Show” exhibition held by the Chait Galleries Downtown, in Iowa City. The shows ran from November 2012 to January 2013 and from November 2013 to January 2014. Some of my work has also earned special recognition in various photography competitions. I have commissions from various dance studios in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area and my performing arts credits include work for the Nutcracker Ballet, the Cinderella Ballet, Aladdin the Musical, the Annual Nolte Academy Modern Dance Gala, and the AFFECT Dance Performing Company Showcase. I have also enjoyed portraying children in preschool settings and producing portrait packages for graduating high school seniors.

As the number of my clients and contracts grow, I am excited by the new experiences I am having as I further develop my skills as a professional photographer.

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