Lacoste, France

Summer quarter was spent in Provance, where SCAD has a residential study-abroad location in Lacoste, France.  Lacoste was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been in my life.  I can honestly say that my experience in France changed my life so completely and so positively (professionally and personally) that I would not be the person I am today.  I am thankful to the beauty of the surroundings and all the wonderful people that I met while working and living in France.

While in Lacoste, my work changed dramatically.  I discovered my love for site-specific installation.  In addition, I realized that the act of painting (and writing) helps me to understand my installation work.  I enjoy this dichotomy and I intend to continue to working this way.



Moments In Provence from Steve Moraco on Vimeo.  This video,
created by a fellow classmate, shows where I was
living and (very briefly) my installation work.





Explanation of the work in Lacoste:
This body of work was born out of the process of making.  I started the installation by wrapping each rock; counting the number of rotations the thread circled each rock and then making drawings, paintings and prints based on those rotations.

The reoccurring shape has been the circle. This concept of the circle is reflected in the work: I came to Lacoste and discovered the rock pile. I began the work of wrapping the rocks in thread and periodically returned to the studio to create the paintings. The rocks belong to Pierre Cardin (they were a part of the Marquis de Sade’s chateau) and he has asked me to remove the thread when the Vernisage is over. As a result, the work and the experience will come “full circle” and everything will be left as I found it when I return to the United States. What will survive is my visual record through physical materials.

Rock Pile - the location of the installation, located in Lacoste,
France and tucked behind the trees near Piere Cardin's Chateau
(formally belonging to the Marquis de Sade)

Rock pile wrapped in thread.  I ended up wrapping about
400 rocks.

Lacoste Documentary from Megan Mosholder on Vimeo.

Installation shot during vernisage.  Photograph taken by Todd Schroeder

Detail shot.
For our Vernisage (show of all our work completed in Lacoste) my professor, Todd Schroeder, encouraged me to move part of the rock installation down into the village where we lived and worked so that more people would have opportunity to see it.  I installed about a quarter of the rocks and four paintings in the "Secret Garden" about a week and a half before Vernisage.  Some of the following images show what the final installation looked like.

Secret Garden installation.
Entrance to the Secret Garden installation.
Secret Garden Installation.

Detail shot.

Secret Garden Installation.

Eighteen Revolutions of Fifty Plus 263
139 x 139 cm
Oil on canvas and paper.
Double Blue (278 and 349)
93 x 67cm
Acrylic, colored pencil and graphite on canvas.

White Impression
74 x 116 cm
Acrylic on canvas.

Red 647
100 x 100 cm
Oil and graphite on canvas.

Purple 132
93 x 67
Acrylic, colored pencil, and oil on canvas.

Blue 302
70 x 70 cm
Oil on canvas and paper.

Spring 2011



Spring quarter was a busy one.  I had my 15 hour review and I worked long and hard to create a comprehensive body of work.  I passed of course, meaning that I am able to move towards my thesis body of work and show.

Black Vortex
60" x 84"
Acrylic, graphite, pumice and sawdust on scarred panel.

Recycled Self-Portrait #3
18" x 18"
Acrylic, graphite, oil painting, twine and silk on scarred panel.

Recycled Self-Portrait #2
18" x 18"
Acrylic, graphite, oil painting, twine and silk on scarred panel.

Recycled Self-Portrait #1
18" x 18"
Acrylic, graphite, oil painting, twine and silk on scarred panel.

Recycled Self-Portrait #4
18" x 18"
Acrylic, graphite, oil painting, twine and silk on scarred panel.

Float Away
35" x 60"
Acrylic, oil and wood shards on scarred panel.

Interior (Exterior)
Oil and Acrylic on scarred panel.
60" x 36"