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Traci Talasco
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Gowanus

Media:Installation;
Genre:Conceptual;


ARTIST STATEMENT: I create interactive installations that use architecture as a social / political space addressing female identity, balance and imbalance, and unnecessary struggles. Fragmented walls, floors, and interior spaces are stripped of their intended function in humorous and playful ways. Sometimes the work is activated subtly by walking, touch, or smell. Other times the pieces pose physical and emotional challenges such as balancing a floor or climbing an obstacle. When multiple viewers are involved, the work often imposes awkward social interactions between participants. I use ordinary home construction materials and decorative elements, such as plywood, wallpaper, carpeting, and furniture. As part of my working process I make models and drawings for larger scale installations. I also uses writing as a springboard for my ideas, or I start with a material that I am attracted to and work with its inherent associations.
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  • Rub Me the Wrong Way
    2014-2015
    Various grades of sandpaper, molding, chair railing, 3/4" plywood, 2x2s, hardware, white paint
    An interactive installation made out of 4000 pieces of sandpaper, using beauty and humor to reference unrealistic / outdated notions of female identity. It wore down over the course of the exhibition.

  • Detail of Rub Me the Wrong Way
    2014-2015
    Various grades of sandpaper, molding, chair railing, 3/4" plywood, 2x2s, hardware, white paint.
    Close-up showing viewers interacting with the sandpaper wallpaper.

  • Detail #2 of Rub Me the Wrong Way
    2014-2015
    Various grades of sandpaper, molding, chair railing, 3/4" plywood, 2x2s, hardware, white paint.
    Close-up showing viewers walking through the gallery and wearing down the sandpaper floor.

  • Detail #3 of Rub Me the Wrong Way
    2014-2015
    Various grades of sandpaper, molding, chair railing, 3/4" plywood, 2x2s, hardware, white paint.
    Close-up showing how the floor is wearing away.

  • 1459 Per Square Foot
    2016
    3/4" plywood, ceramic tile, grey paint, various hardware.
    A tile patterned floor and its subfloor framing is cut into one square foot sections and stacked in a pile. It is based on the average square foot price to purchase a home in Manhattan ($1459).

  • Don't Worry, I've Got This #8
    2015
    B+W Digital photography, printed on metal
    This is a photo series of precariously stacked furniture.

  • Don't Worry, I've Got This #6
    2015
    B+W Digital photography, printed on metal

  • The Itch of Memory (Apple Pie + Cinnamon)
    2015
    Custom patterned papers, double tac, scratch + sniff slurry, wrapped architecture, hardware.
    This is a site-specific scratch + sniff installation at the Edward Hopper House in Nyack, NY. It uses wrapped architecture, brightly patterned papers and smell to evoke memory and a sense of nostalgia

  • The Itch of Memory (Soap + Toothpaste)
    2015
    Custom patterned papers, double tac, scratch + sniff slurry, wrapped architecture, hardware.
    Installation on the staircase at the Edward Hopper House. The stairs lead to Edward Hoppers childhood bedroom. Viewers are invited to scratch + sniff the work which smells like soap and toothpaste.

  • Detail of The Itch of Memory (Soap + Toothpaste)
    2015
    Custom patterned papers, double tac, scratch + sniff slurry, wrapped architecture, hardware.
    Close-up shot.

  • Dismantled
    2016
    Custom patterned paper, mantle, scratch + sniff slurry, various hardware.
    Interactive artwork. Viewers are invited to scratch + sniff the patterned paper, which is lemonade and cotton candy scented.

  • Detail of Dismantled
    2016
    Custom patterned papers, mantle, scratch + sniff slurry, various hardware.
    Detail showing the paper pattern.

  • Tread Carefully
    2013
    Hardwood flooring, 1/2" plywood, orange interior paint, hardware. Dimensions variable
    Hardwood flooring is stacked in various heights with some sections missing. Viewers are invited to walk across the floor, paying careful attention to how they navigate through the space.

  • Detail of Tread Carefully
    2013
    Hardwood flooring, 1/2" plywood, orange interior paint, hardware. Dimensions variable
    Hardwood flooring is stacked in various heights with some sections missing. Viewers are invited to walk across the floor, paying careful attention to how they navigate through the space.
 








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