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Jenn Cacciola
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bay Ridge



ARTIST STATEMENT: Jenn Cacciola is a NYC-based artist and educator originally hailing from Port Chester, NY. Through variety of texture and use of extensive layering, her work investigates the intersection between the specificity of our world—of a face—and the depth of the unknowable in reality. Her pieces take form in tapestry, sculpture, painting, and installation—sometimes involving audio components. Isolation, aging, vulnerability, and the ways in which all of these factors affect our ability to know one another serve as just a few themes in her work. This often results in images utilizing portraiture or forms of anthropomorphism. Additional studies in Chemistry and Art History support her constant inquiry into the properties of various materials that enable them to evoke certain “personalities” in this process. In an effort to understand what it means to honestly be "moved," many of her works address viewers individually, sometimes imposing themselves or calling to viewers in a way that physically establishes an almost private relationship between the piece and its visitor. Her current endeavors include large-scale, layered, textured tapestries involving audio interviews, which induce a sense of familiarity and intimacy for viewers. Jenn received a Bachelor of Science in Visual Arts from SUNY Purchase School of Art + Design. She has exhibited in various New York venues and has been awarded Artist-in-Residence positions at the Sheen Center For Thought & Culture in Manhattan, NY and Manassas National Battlefield Park in Manassas, VA. Her works can be found in the National Parks Foundation’s public collection and in private collections within the United States and Europe. She has most recently joined the governing body of Openings Artist Collective. Jenn is currently the Chair of the Art Department and Studio Arts Teacher for Grades 9-12 at St. Joseph High School in Brooklyn. She has previously taught Art in Brooklyn PreK-8 private schools, and worked as an Art Educator with the New-York Historical Society, the NARS Foundation, and Wingspan Arts. She has also assisted in art forensic and conservation projects for collections at the Hispanic Society of America Museum, PepsiCo Sculpture Garden, and TONDO Art Forensics Lab in Budapest, Hungary.
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  • Villanelle for French Horn, Dukas (Farewell to the Highlands, Farewell to the North, The Birth-Place
    2016
    Hand-Embroidered/Painted Carpet and Fabric

  • Barabbas's Garden
    2018
    Multimedia embroidered/collaged tapestry, pastel, acrylic, oil on canvas, wire, printed image, epoxy resin, audio set-up.
    Barabbas's Garden examines how growth occurs while a person is constantly affected by environments, decisions, circumstances, and the intersection between the self and others.

  • Bouquet 2
    2018
    Wood Lithograph and pastel

  • Bouquet 1
    2018
    Wood Lithograph and pastel

  • Mouth
    2018
    Wood Lithograph, marker, acrylic and pastel

  • Is He Who You Wanted Him To Be?
    2018
    Wood lithograph, mixed paper weaving, marker, acrylic and pastel on paper.

  • The Choir
    2017
    Multimedia: Audio, paper mache, epoxy resin, acrylic, thread, nails, printed photos.
    Info at: http://www.jenncacciolastudio.com/the-choir

  • Noli Me Tangere
    2015
    Embroidered Farbric
    Taken from a sketch of grandmother sitting at the edge of her bed in the middle of the night, illuminated by the night light, this tapestry examines the "Noli Me Tangere" scene often depicte

  • The Deposition (Detail)

  • The Deposition
    2015
    Hand-Embroidered Fabric

  • The Deposition (Detail)

  • Noli Me Tangere (Detail)

  • Noli Me Tangere 2
    2015
    Hand-Embroidered and Machine-Sewn Fabric
    Noli Me Tangere 2, begun after my grandmother's passing, focuses more heavily on memory of the physicality of a face versus the more abstracted expression of a face (through a focus on personalit

  • Noli Me Tangere 2 (Detail)

  • Jupiter, The Bringer of Jollity (Chasing The Wild-Deer and Following The Roe)
    2016
    Hand-Embroidered/Painted Carpet and Fabric

  • The Fever (Detail), Chopin Nocturne Op. 15 No. 3 in G minor (Rubinstein or Richter)
    2011
    Oil on canvas on panel

  • Ecce Homo (Subway Sleeper)
    2015
    Terracotta, acrylic and thread on paper, leather shoes.

  • Ecce Homo (Detail)

  • Ecce Homo (Shoe Detail)

  • Negra Modelo (Lola's) 1
    2015
    Oil on Canvas

  • Negra Modelo (Lola's) 2
    2015
    Oil on Canvas

  • Negra Modelo (Lola's) (Detail)

  • Negra Modelo (Lola's) (Detail)

  • The Shroud
    2015
    Acrylic on linen, metal wire and pulleys.
 








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