AdrienneRose Gionta self identifies as a Pop Culture Consigliere, VJ soothsayer, and Rose Whisperer. She is a Digital Ideation Butterfly, an Extended Reality Evangelist, an Internet of Things Svengali, and 50 Shades of Earl Grey. She is, in short, amazing.
My work analyzes identity and cultural assumptions about fatness, beauty standards, embodiment, and fulfillment on and offline. I work with avatars to create inclusive environments in imagined digital worlds where fat-bodied women have it all. In doing this, I respond to limiting social standards imposed on me as a fat woman, from beliefs about acceptable norms within pop culture to personal fulfillment. Conversely, I use skinny avatars to learn what it’s like to live in a world where I’m "perfectly" shaped. This process gives me a better understanding of how body image mediates our relationship with pleasure.
Entwined within my practice, I play with text and engage with Marketing Psychology to brand images, colors, words, and my name. Being the last in my lineage, and out of a fear of death, I approach my work as my only legacy. Consequently, I employ conditioning techniques designed to make viewers remember my name and to think of me when they see the color pink or smell roses.
Born in Brooklyn, NY. Gionta lives and works in South Florida. She earned an MFA in Time Based Media and Photography from Florida International University, Miami, Florida, and her BFA in Sculpture from the Department of Visual Arts and Art History and a BA in Psychology at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. She was awarded the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists – one of the largest regional, government-sponsored artists’ grants in the United States; as well as the Art and Architecture Fellow at the Department of Architecture, Florida International University; and the Women in the Visual Arts Scholarship, Florida Atlantic University.
Recent solo exhibitions include MOIST, Jacqueline Falcone Bed & Breakfast, Miami; ARG/ rīziNG/, Red Cube, Miami; Never Before Seen, Meta Gallery at Locust Projects, Miami; and Everything’s Coming Up AdrienneRoses, The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami. In addition, her work has been featured in many group exhibitions at various institutions, including Imago Mundi Museum, Treviso; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles; The Situation Room, Los Angeles; The Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles; Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Spinello Projects, Miami; David Castillo Gallery, Miami; Locust Projects, Miami; Dimensions Variable, Miami; Mana Contemporary, Miami; Girls’ Club, Fort Lauderdale; Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood and Cornell Museum of Art, Palm Beach; among others. Her works are in the permanent collection of The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami and the Girls Club Collection, Ft. Lauderdale; as well as in several private collections. Gionta’s work has been reviewed in the Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society, ARTnews, Artsy.net, the Wall Street Journal, Vogue Brazil, and artdaily.org.