SCIARRA ARTIST'S STATEMENT
After my mother's death from ovarian cancer in the early
1990's, I decided to follow her suggestion to paint. I'd
never taken an art class, but I minored in Art History, and
as a television producer, I knew how to frame an interesting
shot and tell a visual story.
my astonishment, paintings flowed easily from my hand. I’d
found my calling and people started to ask to buy my work.
At first, my subject matter was a pictorial diary of domestic
life, imaginary interiors, and whimsical scenarios I would dream
up. My style was naive, bold, meticulously detailed with a flattened
perspective. I found my teachers in Frida Kahlo, Joan Brown,
Chagall and Matisse. I still paint these things, but in a sparer
more contemporary graphic style.
Over the years, my love of flea markets and antique stores influenced
my art. I started painting on washboards, ironing boards, vintage
windows, and sleds. I collected lace, wallpaper, sheet music,
clock faces, buttons, and more. I discovered glue and epoxy.
About half my work now is collage and assemblage and it evolves
spontaneously like jazz.
give me ideas of themes I want to explore: Aging and cosmetic
(“Vanity”, Dressform series); the
tension of opposites- life/death, soft/hard, the moment/infinity
(Longhorn skull series); disparate things like fur & violins
(Fuzzy Violin Series) I look to Robert Rahway Zakanitch, Niki
de Saint Phalle and Betye Saar on this path.