About the Artist

 

Artist Statement

Pathos in art is an age old tactic, yet its purpose to persuade and provide an emotional corridor between art and viewer has the power to create Oneness. Indivisibility. Connection

 I seek to be a voice for those that don’t have a voice. Too caught up in a struggle to survive…or barely surviving.  As an artist and social activist, my work reflects the forces that haunt our society, our community, our families and loved ones. This struggle, that can be felt and experienced by all, is what fuels me. Driving me, enraging me, compelling me to bring to life the pain and rawness of addiction, mental illness, isolation, despair, social injustice…and importantly, hope and faith in our shared future.  

 Seeing the world through the lens of an artist, an activist, an angry and hurt brother, a father, a husband, a friend – is what grounds me in my mission to illustrate the often complicated “human” element through my work. I use my work to agitate and disturb the habitual reasoning that we all succumb to in order to cover what/who we do not want to interact with. I try to catch the viewer at that moment when we, viewer and artist, step out of our personal bubbles and can meet “face to face”. My hope is to provide the human context that will remind us why and how we need to confront ourselves with aspects that shouldn’t be ignored or neglected.  

 My studio tells its own story. A narrative of inspiration, passion, vulnerability, hope.  I believe that the technical aspects of my art may be just as stimulating as its emotional and aesthetic intent. I employ older sculpting methods such as blacksmithing, ironworking, and sand casting, while utilizing CAD software to deliberate, draft, build and eventually communicate with the foundry. The experience of using heat, pressure, or even a simple hammer to coax metal into shape, derives a sense of pleasure and accomplishment that is immeasurable. The burnt fingertips, perpetually dirty hands, the cuts and bruises, all culminate in the finished works, often merging painting and sculpture to create something experiential. In this transition from contemplation, subliminal inquiry and physical manifestation, is what motivates me to continue keep going.

 My most ambitious, personal, and controversial project to date was the Opioid Spoon, a symbolic eight hundred pound, ten-foot metal replication of a simple household utensil that has been modified millions of times, to cook and inject opioids. I crafted the Spoon in honor of my own family’s struggles and those of thousands of families who have lost loved ones to the horrific opioid epidemic. To bring attention to the pharmaceutical industry’s malfeasance, who knowingly and with deliberate greed was complicit in this national crisis, I dropped the Opioid Spoon in front of OxyContin manufacturer, Purdue Pharma. It didn’t assuage my anger but it gave me and hopefully others, a “David” moment. The Opioid Spoon has since become a national symbol of the epidemic, and our right as a community to seek justice.

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Bio

Domenic Esposito is a Massachusetts based artist and social activist. 

 The decision to end a successful career in the corporate financial world, to pursue his art full time, demonstrates his authenticity, drive and passion. Art has been an integral part of Domenic’s Iife since childhood, with training from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Stonybrook Fine Arts, Artist Asylum and Prospect Hill Forge, where his he developed his metalwork skills. Considered a sculptor first, he continues to refine his craft with deliberate vocabulary borrowed from Renaissance Italy as well as his own personal cultivation of Asian culture and principles. 

 In 2018, he achieved national attention through the massive opioid spoon sculptures he placed on the doorsteps of major pharmaceutical giants, making a statement on behalf of all those deeply affected by this national epidemic, and remains active in this initiative.  He founded the Opioid Spoon Project, a 501(c)(3) to serve as a solution-based platform that seeks legal justice and brings voice to the destructive effects of opioid addiction on people from all walks of life.

Domenic’s work has been exhibited in a range of galleries and art fairs across the U.S., including Canvas Fine Arts, Boston; Piano Craft Gallery, Boston; Insight Artspace, New York; Scope, NYC; Art Palm Beach; and SOFA Chicago Art Fair, among others. His work Accountability won ‘Best in Show’ at the Arts Benicia Juried Show in California in 2019. He also recently completed a prestigious artist residency at Mana Contemporary, which lead to his print work with legendary Gary Lichtenstein