Our December artist in resident is Ester Grossi, a multidisciplinary artist who works primarily in painting. Her interest lies in investigating the power of images in various contexts and to explore new ways to develop them across collaborations with other artists. The focus of her pictorial work is to reduce and simplify (in an apparent way), our complex society, full of signs, symbols and information around topics of popular culture and mass communication.

During her residency in Red Hook, Ester is studying the history of maritime architecture with the help of the local community. With this research Ester will develop work on canvas that catch the essense of these complex shapes, textures and colors of Red Hook’s harbor. Her aim is to reduce it to graphic images, something between abstraction and figuration, with the intention to print a limited silkscreen editions of this work.

Ester Grossi, born in 1981 in Avezzano (AQ), Italy. In 2000, she recieved a high school diploma of Fashion, Design and Decor. She later earned a bachelor’s degree of Television, Cinema and Multimedia Production at university of Bologna. Ester collaborates with international film and music festivals, music labels and italian fashion designers as well with musicians and video-artists for multimedia installations. She lives and works as a painter in Bologna, Italy.