Sam W. Pisciotta

Writer and Visual Artist

Artist’s Statement

I witnessed totality, the total eclipse of the sun, and for a moment I was obliterated.

Everything fell away—my car, my house, my job, my friends, my family–even my self. In the face of that black “hole” in my universe, I was no better than my ancestors 200,000 years ago. I stood slack jaw, grasping at. . . something. . . anything.

I had a similar experience when I watched the births of my daughter and son, and to a lesser extent when I find myself lost in the patterns of an owl’s feather, light and shadow on the human figure, or the dance of a bee on flowers.

At those moments I know there’s something beneath it all. I honestly don’t know if it’s a divine spirit or symphonic mathematics. Whatever it is, my art takes aim at it. My arrows are mythology, the feminine, science, and nature. Like my ancient ancestors, I am back on the hunt.

Bio 50 words:

Sam W. Pisciotta lives in Colorado. After years of difficult training in daydreaming and doodling, he now calls himself a writer and visual artist. Thousands of cups of coffee and hours of contemplation have prepared him to pull worlds from the ether. Follow him on Twitter/silo34 and www.silo34.com.

Bio 100 words:

Sam W. Pisciotta lives in Colorado. After years of difficult training in daydreaming and doodling, he now calls himself a writer and visual artist. Thousands of cups of coffee and hours of contemplation have prepared him to pull worlds from the ether. Sam is a member of the SFWA, HWA, and Codex Writers. He holds a Master of Arts in Literary Studies from the University of Colorado. His fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming in Analog, Factor Four Magazine, F&SF, and other fine publications. His award-winning artwork has been shown throughout Colorado. Follow him on Twitter/silo34 and www.silo34.com.

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