About Rosanna - Rosanna Scimeca
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STATEMENT

As a child, I would say, “I want to unzip my body and fly free.” Not in a dark despair way, but in a way resembling the flight of a bird. I make art because it sets my body free. I’m drawn to making monumental works because of how I feel in the space of something larger than myself. It allows me to transcend my physical body’s spatial limits.

Making art also offers me a direct connection to my earliest memories and awareness of my environment: Comfort and discomfort, attraction and repulsion, an annoyance that I can go merely as far as this body will take me, an intuition of a greater freedom.

Memory becomes the tool by which to carve space.   

Conceptually, my work explores complex relationships between “self” —the perception of the raw and refined physical body— and “other” —memory, or any perception of object, person, animal, or environment outside of the self. I’m drawn to topics of power and engendering through the lens of violence and intimacy, both the consensual and non-consensual kind.  

By exploring the constantly turning thread of tension, anxiety, attraction, and repulsion within these dynamics, I’ve come to understand that these waves of involuntary contraction forcing us backward and forwards are a fundamental expression of our existence. It is in this continuously pulsating duality that much of my work is born. 

I create pieces that are small and monumental in scale, deteriorating and industrial, ephemeral and static. I use industrial, durable materials such as metals, stone, wood, and glass in combination with deteriorating bio-materials such as flesh, organs, plant matter, and my own body. Through these materials, I explore the abstracted and eroticized body using its organic forms as a visual or contextual starting point.  -Rosanna

BIOGRAPHY

Rosanna Scimeca, born and raised in northeast New Jersey, has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area.   

Rosanna is the youngest child of a Sicilian immigrant family. Her parents brought the strict, unchallenged morals of an old-school patriarchy with them, along with behaviors of a rural peasant-life environment, from the mountains of Sicily to a suburban Italian neighborhood in northern New Jersey.

She faced an upbringing that hid many conflicting realities between the secretive aspects of domestic life and the urban. Farm animals would appear and disappear from her backyard, leading her to discover that the dark, dingy basement beneath her home was being used as an active slaughterhouse.

It was a vibrant, colorful, and often repulsive environment that acted as a powerful breeding ground for a young, curious mind to flourish. It was here that her interest in the provocative and sublime imagery of the dismembered body and mind began.

When she is not in her studio, Rosanna is practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai Boxing at the dojo or perfecting her bean-to-bar chocolate making. Rosanna currently lives and works in New Jersey, working on her next venture.