Bio Dana Zurzolo is an accomplished and academically fluent artist. Her exhibited and published work includes fiber arts, digital design, drawings, and paintings, posters and vernacular performances. Her current project explores the mythic, political and social dimensions of fear, security and guns in American life. The powerful and polarizing emotions that flow from this interplay constitute a deep and rich terrain that is crucial for Americans to confront and traverse. Research revealed the massive scope of the project upon the revelation that mass shootings in our country occur, on average, about once a day, as cited on www.shootingtracker.com. The project continues through interviews, performative installations, and visual expressions in different media in order to unveil the cultural, political and economical complexity of the plethora firearms in America.
Dana Zurzolo is currently a professor of graphic arts in Fine Arts at Pepperdine University’s Seaver College. Her work reflects thoughtful training from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst in Social Thought and Political Economy, which earned her a Magna Cum Laude degree. An M.A. in Learning Technology and the present MFA in Studio Arts make her art a critical analysis on our cultural norms. While her work has rarely been shown publicly under her name, much of her work has been used in educational environments to demonstrate difficult and violent concepts through beauty in form, color and gesture.
Art & Research Interests Interviews, performative installations, and visual expressions in different media in order to unveil the cultural, political and economical complexity of the plethora firearms in America.