Folds of Light, 1.5 x 3.5, Ceramic, 2007
On view currently in Pratt Institute's Fishbowl Gallery is Dakota Sica’s solo show entitled, Paranoid. An interesting title from an artist who seems anything but paranoid when eloquently discussing his work, processes and inspirations.
Sica focuses much of his attention on personal experiences with friends, family and encounters which take the form of his muse. These experiences formulate through a process Sica describes as solutions to a sickness that he refers to as “The Social Nutshell” which is, to “eat, procreate, urinate and defecate.” Sica spoke to me of his relationships with people battling various addictions or struggles and his own process of making art or “solutions” speaking to these issues.
One piece in particular addresses the disease of alcoholism, entitled Folds of Light. Three figures stand side by side representing the first three lines of The Serenity Prayer, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”
Spirituality abounds in this show. Playing with conflicts of lightness and dark, beauty and ugliness and the hidden or evident, Sica aims to encourage the viewer to have an emotional experience of their own. With his sophisticated handling of materials, exploration of form and deeply emotive sentiment, Sica has successfully succeeded in what he set out to do.
Dakota Sica is a freshman in the Fine Arts Program at The Pratt Institute. For more information on Sica please visit his website: www.dakotasica.com.
Review by Ryan Turley