These ‘living’ masks display the dichotomy of self vs other which is at the core of this body of work. The veneer of the faces is unmistakeable but the emotions of each subject cannot be concealed. They are accessible yet unattainable, alluringly inviting yet tragically isolated. These subjects accept their role as object yet their mask-like faces are emblems of nonconformity and self-preservation.
‘Sirens’ are beguiling and fascinating, captivating and seductive. Yet a siren is also a warning or admonition, an alert to the world that your perceived state of equilibrium is an illusion. In a time of such ethical, political, and racial divisions, Piacente’s newest collection is timely in it’s depiction of the fragmentation of the self. Engaging and enticing, yet irreversibly distant and ‘other’, the artist’s Sirens hover in that delicate space between awareness and understanding.