Bacarella’s recent work features woodcut prints of exotic creatures, many of which are based on observations of wildlife during a safari in Kenya in 2014. In the carving of a woodblock, which she regards as a visceral extension of drawing, Bacarella strives to capture the essence of her subjects — not so much a likeness but rather a distillation of what she observes and feels.
She has had numerous shows in New York City and elsewhere, most recently at the Amity Gallery and at the Kurt Seligmann Gallery, both in the Hudson Valley. Bacarella studied at the New York Studio School and holds an MFA from Brooklyn College.
Through the medium of collage, Flavia Bacarella indulges in her love of texture, color, and form. By juxtaposing ideas—both literal and imaginary, she arrives at a series of
intensely personal vignettes.
Bacarella recently illustrated a book of essays titled It’s a Long Road to a Tomato: Tales of an Organic Farmer Who Quit the Big City for the (Not So) Simple Life. The book was
written by Keith Stewart, the artist’s husband and chronicles life on their small organic farm in upstate New York. It includes 42+ illustrations and the book can be found wherever books are sold and at Amazon.com. It was published in New York by Marlowe& Company.