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Carving Life by Eleanor M. Imperato
Carving Life
Eleanor M. Imperato
October 18, 2017 through January 17, 2018
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Eleanor M. Imperato is a freelance writer, poet, and photographer. As a world-wide traveler, however, it was a North Atlantic trip to the Shetland Islands, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, and Greenland that awakened her interest in all things polar. She has delved deeply into the history of polar exploration, as well as into the ethnography and the rich culture of the Inuit. That eventually led to Alaska’s inspiring landscapes, the Alaska Natives, and their artistic creations.

The Carving Life exhibition at the QCC Art Gallery as well as the book she authored to accompany it, Carving Life. Walrus Ivory Carvings from the Bering Sea, is the result of Imperato’s admiration for the Inuit and their art. In her lavishly illustrated book, she shares her love for Alaska, her appreciation for the Alaska Inuit history and art, and her personal encounters with many of the carvers whose work is presented in the exhibition.

All her travel experiences have nurtured Imperato’s creativity and she has expressed it in her work. Imperato’s previous book, Doors of Memory/Porte della Memoria, is a memoir of her early years in Avella, Italy, told in prose, poetry, and photography. In conjunction with its publication, a photographic essay depicting the old doors of her native town has been exhibited at the QCC Art Gallery, Queensborough College, City University of New York, as well as at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, both in New York City.

Imperato’s other publications include Woman’s Work, her first collection of poems, and a biography of Martin and Osa Johnson, They Married Adventure, co-authored with her husband, Pascal James Imperato. She is currently preparing her second collection of poetry, Purple Sins.

Imperato received a BA in English at Marymount Manhattan College and subsequently earned an MA in Liberal Studies from New York University.

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