Anthony Stellaccio’s creative process begins “at [a] site of memory and of mourning—a cemetery, the home of a loved one, or a historical site to which I can connect emotionally or spiritually. I collect earth and objects from these spaces, sometimes leaving what I can in their place.” He refers to his objects as confrontational and cathartic, acknowledging “the creation of beauty and art is mostly incidental”.
Stellaccio is freelance scholar and artist trained in both fine art and folklore. His McKnight Residency will be an opportunity for the NCC community to observe and engage with a maker who moves fluidly between materials as much as he moves between verbal and visual worlds.
He is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, the American Ceramic Circle, and the American Folklore Society. Stellaccio is actively involved in the creation of art, writing, museum work, curation, jurying, and interdisciplinary cultural projects. His past appointments include the Smithsonian, National Museum of African Art, and the Lithuanian Art Museum in Vilnius.
After years working to establish a global voice in visual art and scholarship, Stellaccio will use his residency to ground his peripatetic practice with focused studio time. He plans to further develop his current work, which focuses on the acquisition of objects through unconventional means: the use of fired soils, unfired clay, binding agents, low-temperature sintering, and more. Stellaccio hopes to convey the importance of materials through contained isolation and confrontational contrast. He says, “I have only begun to develop this vocabulary and intend to push it to its limits while in residence at NCC.”
Join Anthony Stellaccio for an image presentation on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 6:30 pm in NCC’s library. Free and open to all.