Pharmakon, an art installation by Molly Di Grazia (SACI MFA 2015), opens on September 5, 2017 at 6pm in the SACI Gallery.
In the Greek language, a pharmakon can be described as a “drug, poison, medicine, potion, remedy, spell, or cure.” This enigmatic range presents a paradox of both negative and positive meaning, a set of indeterminate opposites. Her installation explores this shifting duality, centered around a question: what helps us vs. what harms us? Di Grazia regularly uses repetition in her work as a way to navigate a balance between calmness and compulsion in our daily rituals – a constant contemporary struggle between self-preservation and fatigue/burnout in a relentless society.
Molly Di Grazia is an artist living and working in Pietrasanta, Italy. Born in 1984 in San Francisco, she moved to New York City in 2002 where she completed a B.A. in Writing at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School. After graduating, she continued her visual/literary practice while working at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in gallery education and accessibility programming before relocating to Italy in 2013 to obtain her MFA in Studio Art (Painting) from Studio Arts College International (SACI) in 2015. She has exhibited around Europe and the United States with a focus on interdisciplinary approach and site-specific installation.
The show will be on view through October 9.