Bea Scaccia
“I have no color”
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Lot Details

Acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 in. (122 x 91 cm.)
Year: 2020
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Signed, recto

Location: Long Island City, New York

Seller: Bea Scaccia, New York.

Working with acrylic on canvas, and airbrushing some highlights , she depicts sensual, tight rolls of hair that are forced—not always successfully—into submission. These realistically painted wigs are interwoven with precious jewels, tiaras, pearls, furs, flashes of tulle—all different signifiers of femininity—but are left without any skin, facial features, or other body parts. With her sinister but often calming palette, Scaccia is partly inspired by Venetian wigs, commedia dell’arte costumes, contemporary painter Domenico Gnoli, some Surrealist artists, like Leonor Fini, and especially by the ceremonial Sunday culture of her Italian childhood. Women in her community would spend plenty of time and labor, before mass, to present themselves well-dressed, deferent, and observant. That fleeting and exaggerated enactment made her interested in the vulnerability and fragility of beauty and in the absurdity of the artifice.

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