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Rocco Scary
North Caldwell, NJ
Sculpture, Mixed Media

Artwork Details
2 Shades of Sandy
wood,concrete,color aid paper

Rocco Scary is an artist and paper maker whose work explores the concept of 'place' as reservoir for memory. Currently based in North Caldwell, NJ, USA, his Artist Books have been represented in such venues as The Center for Book Arts, The Nathan Cummings Foundation and The Grolier Club in New York City, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts in Chicago, Rutgers University Book Arts Symposium and The Newark Library in NJ, University of California in San Diego, The Elipse Arts Center in Virginia, and The Yale University Library in New Haven CT. He is a recipient of a NJ State Arts Council Fellowship Grant and holds a BFA from Montclair State University and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

The subject matter which I am interested is embedded in the idea of 'place' as a reservoir for memory and the connectedness which deems it unforgettable.

The house that one grew up in, the corner deli, the old movie theater, the amusement park, the grammar school building, that favorite street corner, etc. These places play a significant role in a society's daily functions, places where memories are created, shared, relived and stored. They can define a society as a whole, and in the same instance add to an individual sense of self.

But many of these are continually in the process of slowly disintegrating; whether it is due to a sudden climatic event or the upheaval of mass construction and revitalization. The transformed environment can no longer be considered an extension of the self; and once it has been compromised, the deterioration of the attached memory will begin to take effect. To neglect the place where our most treasured memories originate would be to deny part of one's personal identity itself.