Bearded Babes and Good Grief.
At the heart of it all, my artwork is my own form of language which desires to describe our most challenging experiences. Throughout all areas of my work I shape a continuing dialogue for personal growth and interpersonal connection, using symbolic expression and story telling to navigate and question our inner most worlds. In practice, my art serves to process the most misunderstood aspects of humanity and the expanse of emotional experience.
I am currently developing a research project and body of studio work titled ‘Good Grief.’ This series serves as an artistic exploration of grief integration through oil painting, illustration and creative story-telling. Through this series I examine my own personal relationship with emotional processing, a philosophical investigation of grief and the human experience, and the study of death across cultures and history. From this series and subsequent research, I am compiling an art book which seeks to normalize conversations surrounding our grief. I am documenting the creative evolution of this series in a digital studio journal on Patreon and posting short-essays along the way here.
Sam Guzzie is a multi-media painter, poet and installation artist, born in Philadelphia, PA and currently based in Charlotte, NC. Through public engagement and interactive installation, Guzzie’s work serves as a catalyst to shared experiences and critical conversations, with the pursuit of reducing shame and stigma surrounding challenging or even taboo subjects. Prior to 2023, public art served as a vehicle for cross-community dialogue, experimental collaborative installation, and social-change centered community engagement. Sam founded the 501c(3) non-profit, Brand the Moth, in 2017 for such public art programs. Guzzie’s work supported the public artist community in Charlotte, NC through mural residency training, paid mural work, teaching opportunities, and collaborative commissions. In that time, Guzzie aided the production of over 80 murals in the greater Charlotte area; designing and directing public art programs and events including Brand the Moth’s META Mural Residency, The UNTITLED Street Residency and Charlotte's Talking Walls Mural Festival.
In 2021, Guzzie received a scholarship to study with INELDA (International End-of-Life-Doula Association), and was certified as an end-of-life doula, leading to the development of her current research project: Good Grief.
Artist-in-Residence: Biblio, Charlotte, NC
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