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Denise ((bonaimo)) Sarram was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and on the New Jersey shore. Denise relocated to Southern California in 2001 where she lives with her husband (a talented musician/ tech guy) and her young son (an aspiring astronaut/ engineer).

Portrait of Denise ((bonaimo)) Sarram by Barb Weins
Portrait of Denise ((bonaimo)) Sarram by Barb Weins

Denise’s found art assemblages and jewelry designs are thoughtfully executed with an artful eye, skillful hand and heartfelt intentions. She is immensely grateful to have been immersed in a career creating, exhibiting and teaching art. Her artwork has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows over the years.

Her childhood was vibrant with family, friends, art, dance and music. Denise’s bohemian parents have always (thankfully) been very supportive of her passion for all things artistic. Denise graduated from Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ) in 1994 with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree specializing in metalsmithing/ jewelry making. In addition, she studied foundation art at Moore College of Art and Design (Philadelphia, PA) and spent an adventurous semester abroad traveling around Great Britain and taking college courses at Northumbria University (Newcastle Upon Tyne, England).

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.

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 a work of art that is both masterfully crafted and aesthetically intriguing.

Denise works on multiple works of art simultaneously, using elements from her extensive collection of found objects, which she forages from thrift stores, antique stores and resale shops. The artist embraces the concept 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, modern paper or cardboard containers, fabric, photographs, toys, antiqued/rusted metal, wood picture frames, lightbulbs, doll parts and miniatures.

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