Piece description from the artist
Inspired by a vintage shooting target which I used as the background, I researched the history of women sharpshooters and outlaws and collected their photos for a fun collage. The women in the piece are: Annie Oakley, Sharpshooter • Belle Starr, Outlaw • Bonnie Parker, Outlaw • Calamity Jane, Frontierswoman • Disguised Civil War Soldiers • Elizabeth Toepperwein, Sharpshooter • Lillian Smith, Sharpshooter • Little Annie and Cattle Britches, Outlaws • Lulu Belle Par, Sharpshooter • Mamie Francis Hafley, Sharpshooter • Mary “May Lillie” Manning, Sharpshooter • Mary Fields, Stagecoach Driver • Pearl Hart, Stagecoach Robber • Rose “The Rose of Cimarron” Dunn, Outlaw • Texas Guinan, Stuntwoman • WW II WAVES • WWII Artillery Experts • Women in Fiction and Film • Yevdokiya Nikolayevna Zavaliy, Russian Commander.
Donna Catanzaro is a collector of images: photos from old books, instructional manuals, cookbooks, and magazines; photos that she takes herself of steamrollers, Virgin Mary statuettes and skies. She sees the world as potential parts of a collage – potential backdrops or funky main characters. While she collects the images, she also collects data: information, history, facts and current events.
With images she creates amusing dream-like digital collages in her favorite creative tool, Adobe Photoshop. Donna researches topics and then juxtaposes her own photographs, artwork and text with vintage graphics to create new realities and make comments on popular culture. She examines issues ranging from feminism, gender, women’s issues, politics, war, the environment and more. Her goal is to entice the viewer into the piece through amusement, and then, subtly, challenge them with an underlying complex or sober comment. If she can educate or affect just one viewer to question our culture, then she feels she has accomplished her goal.