The great artist Paul Cezanne once said, “The artist makes things concrete and gives them individuality.”Artist Colleen Galeazzi does exactly that.“My spiritual message is behind all my art,” Galeazzi said.Galeazzi, 42, was born in Palm Beach, Fla., the youngest of five children. She moved to Heritage USA in Fort Mill with her mother when she was in high school.“After high school, I moved to Charlotte on my own. I liked being independent and responsible even then,” said Galeazzi, who now lives near Mount Holly.“So many people have influenced my life: Michael Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr. and Charlie Chaplin, to name a few.”Galeazzi became immersed in Charlotte’s art and cultural scene and loved meeting people with diverse interests.Her artistic expressions include theatre, dance, performing and sculpting. She has appeared in theatrical productions, a music video, and as an extra on film.She also swam, dove and rode horses while growing up in Florida.“I love cooking, too,” Galeazzi said. “While I learned a lot in the kitchen from my Italian parents, I can cook anything. I love Middle Eastern food especially.”Galeazzi has experienced her share of loss, as well: three of her siblings have died. “The sorrow is with me today,” Galeazzi said.She remains close to her father, who lives in Florida, her mother and other family members.Her brother, Greg, lives in Pineville.Galeazzi said she started sculpting about eight years ago.“I found my medium quite by accident,” she said. “I had found an old upright piano that the owner had on the street to give away, and took it apart. I kept the keys and made a sculpture, which now hangs in Arooji’s Restaurant in SouthPark.“The owner was so happy that the spirit of the piano lives on.”Galeazzi said the chance discovery helped her find her calling of using old musical instruments to create art.“The Violin Shoppe on 7th Street often has cellos, violins, bows and other items that I can use in my art,” she said.Galeazzi has made a sculpture of a human skeleton using broken instruments. She made a seahorse for her baby nephew from violin parts.“Crafting instruments into art … gives sentimental significance to the musical instruments themselves,” said Galeazzi. Galeazzi attended massage school in Chapel Hill and also works as a massage therapist at Varji and Varji Salon in SouthPark.“Varji and Varji is a fun place to work. Being a massage therapist is a form of art, too, I think,” Galeazzi said.
Friday, Jul. 12, 2013
This artist’s calling is almost musical
Karen Scioscia is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Karen? Email her at email@example.com.
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