The Million-Petaled Flower of Being Here | Joseph Saccio

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The Million-Petaled Flower of Being Here is a writing project by author/artist Jacquelyn Gleisner, who will interview a range of artists from different backgrounds and ages to present a nuanced picture of how artists change over the span of their careers. This project is one of our Older but Younger Special Commissions.

Joseph Saccio leads me down a narrow staircase to the damp basement of building six inside Erector Square. At 84 years old, Saccio walks carefully, using a metal flashlight to illuminate the rooms. Fragments of his large sculptures begin to emerge from the darkness. Against one wall, he shows me the shiny amber surface of a gnarled root ball. This wooden base came from a felled tree that he had retrieved, incorporating the natural structure into one of his carved sculptures. For over thirty years, Saccio’s studio has been located at Erector Square, where his sculptures have been accumulating, now tracing his trajectory as an artist.” Continue Reading on Connecticut Art Review

Artspace will print excerpts from these interviews in a section of the printed City-Wide Open Studios guide, and the full interviews will be available on Gleisner’s online art blog, Connecticut Art Review.