How does an artist depict someone who's too familiar, or a stranger, someone no longer living, or whom they've never seen? These scenarios continue to draw Cacciola through a variety of mediums, all the while speaking to a single, recognizable pursuit: to know and to know well.
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.
Her works are found in the National Parks Foundation's public collection and in private collections in numerous regions of the United States and Europe.