Denise Bonaimo Sarram has been a professional artist and teacher since 1995. This native Brooklyn girl, by way of the Jersey Shore, graduated with honors from Rowan University, New Jersey in 1994 with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree. In 2001, she relocated to sunny San Diego, California where she is active in the local thriving artist community. She has made a career of teaching, designing, creating and exhibiting her hand crafted jewelry and mixed media assemblages. Denise has extensive experience working with children, adults and senior citizens to facilitate artistic self- expression and exploration. She is also skilled at graphic design, web design and event coordination.
Focusing on jewelry design for many years, she has always approached it as “small scale sculpture” so making the shift towards larger scale sculptural assemblage pieces of art was a natural progression. She sews, bolts, drills, glues, collages, paints, sands, saws, molds, bends, wire wraps and forges the various parts of her designs to achieve the desired effect. Denise works on a few designs at a time, finding elements from her extensive collection of found objects which she procures from garage sales, thrift stores and other peoples cast off treasures. Throughout her entire career there has been a theme of upcycling- the process of converting waste materials or cast-away objects into something of intrinsic, aesthetic or practical value. Her works often combine vintage ephemera, fabrics, string and lace, gears and tools of measurement, antiqued metal and her original poems hand stamped on recycled paper.The theme of her works orbit around: her Sicilian ancestors, the human condition, self- exploration and personal growth.
Currently, Denise divides her time curating art shows for Hera Hub (four San Diego locations of women’s networking and co-working spaces in a spa like setting), making art and jewelry and teaching jewelry classes; in between her very active 2 year old’s schedule!