Works by Debra Scacco address the contradiction of collective isolation as a result of contemporary migration. Texture and repetition are key elements in her work, often relying on an aggregation of marks to create a unified whole. Scacco rationalizes emotion and history into rules of execution. Every creative action is the result of a concept-led system of making. These parameters provide the necessary structure to continually re-construct the past into a form that may assist the present and future: each element of time processed and therefore executed in its own distinct way. Exploring placelessness in relation to time and memory, the emotional significance of personal history is a catalyst for continual investigation of geography and environment, both actual and constructed.
Scacco received a BA in Studio Art from Richmond University, London (1998). Her work has been seen at Royal Academy of Arts (London) and Viper Basel (Switzerland). She was the inaugural Artist-in-Residence at the Statue of Liberty National Monument (2012), and was nominated for the Jerwood Drawing Prize (2009). Scacco is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. After living in London for 16 years, she recently relocated to live and work in Los Angeles.
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