BY ISAIAH HARRIS, CLASS OF 2013
Pratt Institute is an art and design school located in Brooklyn, New York. It is a dynamic community of talented and working students,. Maddie Fabbro, a Montclair resident, is one of many talented students that attend the art institution, but she is nothing like the rest of them. Fabbro has an electric and bold personality that stands out as soon as you meet her. She is a fun and outgoing young woman who has a lively attitude that matches her work. Art has always played a large role in Fabbro’s life.
“I’ve been painting for as long as I could remember. I did my first painting when I was three and it was of my dad.”
Even in her fifth grade yearbook, she wrote that she wanted to be an artist when she grew up. Now, she finally has that opportunity and is trying to fulfill it. The Pratt Institute junior also once attended Savannah College of Art and Design and studied photography in France for a semester.
While art was always apart of her life, she was almost sidetracked in high school with sports so she could not take art as seriously as she wanted to even though she still took art classes. Despite playing soccer and basketball for Montclair High School, her true passion did not vanish. It was an injury that forced her to quit sports and she began to fully focus on art.
Montclair is an extremely diverse city filled with many different cultures that helped mold Fabbro into the artist that she is today.
“I learned a lot about different races, cultures, economic classes and religions,” Fabbro said. There is also a great art museum located right on Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair that she is very familiar with. “I actually took classes there for a few years.” But now that she lives in Brooklyn, she is able to visit many more outstanding museums in New York such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Traveling and exploring new places gives Fabbro the inspiration she needs to create her amazing artwork. Different sceneries and environments such as Europe make Fabbro feel like she is in a different world. She also loves getting ideas from other artwork. Even though she does not have a favorite artist, she appreciates all types of art from different artist.
Fabbro also likes to add a message in some of her work. In one of her pieces, she has a smart water bottle and a broken Heineken bottle. She said she wants people to be smart and cut down on alcohol. Many people would choose beer over water when they are out having a good time, but Fabbro is tired of hearing about alcohol-related deaths so she would rather have people not drink at all. In another piece, there is a flying creature over a sunflower with a can painted in the middle of the flower. Fabbro said the sunflower field is our environment and the creature is people. She created her own animal and placed it in a fragile and unstable place. This is basically what we do to the Earth; we destroy it, she said. She wants the world to be more environmental friendly.
One of Fabbro’s friends, Asana Akpaeti, said that Mattie has always had a great love for art and was never afraid to show it.
“She made a couple of pieces for me, she even has stuff for her family and some pieces hanging around her house,” Akpaeti said. “She is very outgoing, you can really see it in her work.” Akpaeti has supported Fabbro and her passion for the past three years and still continues to do so.
Currently, Fabbro is working on a piece about tracking students in public school districts. Since her love for art will never fade, she said she would like to have a career that would allow her to be creative. “As cliché as it sounds, I just want to be happy with my job.
”If you have any doubts about how seriously she takes it, when asked what plans she had after art, this was her response -“Death,” she joked.