Buzz Masters – USA

What do we hold onto and what do we leave out in order to make our story? Buzz uses symbols to express her interest in narrative. With a debt to the history of fresco painting, and that visual form of storytelling, she draws tangled rope and other beach flotsam to symbolize sorting memory, or ladders and floats as time cessation, or simple New England architecture becomes a metaphor of the changing undercurrent of relationships. She is obsessed with the malleable nature of memory; water as a metaphor for holding memory has became part of her iconography. Its ability to leave imprints, transport, buoy objects, and transform surroundings seemed apt.

She uses wooden panels covered with a recipe of clay and crushed shells mixed with a binder that when ground down and sanded creates a smooth, hard, but porous surface that reacts with paint having a similar effect as a fresco. Recently, she has also been working on paper, using mixed media collage, appreciating paper’s flexibility as she can work it with heavy layering to make a complex surface. The paper’s versatility allows her to fold, distress, draw, and gild. The color and surface of these pieces often refer to influences of early Italian work, but the symbols narrate current stories.