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.
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 an Art Educator with the New-York Historical Society and a Teaching Artist with Wingspan Arts, providing Art programs to students throughout NYC. 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.