Thalia Scagliola is an extended media artist who examines Cybernetic art in her work. She works in performance work, video footage, and screen-printed imagery. Thalia was born in Bel Air, Maryland just north of Baltimore. She attended the Savannah College of Art and Design graduating in 2012 with a BFA in Fibers and Painting. Thalia has recently completed her MFA degree in painting at SCAD, and is currently residing in Maryland.
Thalia’s work is centered on examining my obsessive tendencies. She make performance videos depicting herself in a broad range of conditions. The inherent need to record and observe takes precedence over the content. To relate the estrangement she experience to the viewer, the footage is broken into hundreds of clips, reordered, and then layered. The 33 layers of footage emphasize my obsessive examinations. The footage is paused at 3 minutes, 33 seconds, and 33 frames, providing the viewer with a moment of pause. The number 3 as well as its multiples, references the infancy of these tendencies, which is rooted in her childhood. Driven by her habitual nature, physical processes such as screen-printing are introduced, providing further departure through increased objectivity. The original imagery is broken down through successive layers. Every layer is different from another and never repeated. Use of color reflects the departure occurring from the original footage. Influenced by cybernetic art, performance art, chance operations, and systems art, Thalia’s work focuses on obsessive tendencies, and the altered perceptions developed through compulsion.