Lynne Oddo is an artist, storyteller, and educator activating both rural and urban communities in the face of aging, housing insecurity, and the opioid crisis. Her early studies in dance, ceramic sculpture, painting, architecture, and the digital arts revealed ways that narratives were made visible. Oddo used these art forms and animation to document the e/motion related to public health issues in her community.
Along with her many years spent dancing, it was not a far stretch to her eventual interests and practice in motion, environments, and 3D space, using traditional and contemporary new media, as well as indigenous materials from where she lives. Lynne works in various mediums, always drawing from a synthesis of classical form while integrating the more personal, romantic notion of expression.
“My work has always been contemplative in nature, using the harmonies of proportion and an intuitive color sense to suggest many views of the natural world. They speak to abstract expressions of color, form, and space, while being emotional, sensitive, and like a portrait, uncover the spirit in life.”
She has taught in graduate and undergraduate programs in New York and New Jersey while exhibiting for over 35 years her prints, drawings, paintings, installations, and animations throughout the US. Along with numerous galleries, she has had work exhibited in The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Philadelphia Museum of Science, in conjunction with artists like Manfred Mohr, Isaac Victor Kerlow, Marc Wilson, Romare Bearden, Red Grooms, Jack Youngerman, and Richard Anusckiewicz.
Lynne Oddo is a Professor Emeritus of Art in Motion and Animation(1999-2021) from Bloomfield College where she taught Senior Capstone, Life Drawing for Motion, Stop Motion Animation, and the History of Animation. She divides her time between NYC and upstate NY, where she has converted a 2500 sq. ft. barn into an experimental working studio.