Vanessa Platacis is an artist
who Lives and works
on a sustainable island
off the coast of Savannah, GA

“My practice incorporates wallpainting, a stenciling process and installation strategies to produce meditations on time and material culture as well as the themes of historical memory and everyday experiences. I’m deeply interested in how material culture shapes personal identities and reinforces or challenges cultural hierarchies. What’s valued or left behind. Treating my own heritage (first generation immigrant) and other cultures with a seriousness of purpose while making optimistic and pleasurable imagery. My process involves research into imagery from the decorative arts, architectural design and patterning and then applying existing methodologies of a contemporary art practice. By working through found formal narratives, there is a search for context and boundaries; time itself is revealed and often experienced as the subject matter.”

Vanessa Platacis (b. 1973, United States) received a M.F.A. in studio art from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University in 2005 and a B.F.A. in painting from New Mexico State University. She has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions internationally including galleries in Boston, Cambridge, Los Angeles, Miami, New Mexico and France as well as the Basel Art Fair in Switzerland. Her first museum exhibition was in 2010 at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA.  She has been a guest speaker at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston and numerous universities along the east coast. A 10 year retrospective of her work titled 4 Pleasant Street is now on view in Cambridge, MA. Her upcoming exhibition Taking Place will open Sept. 28, 2019 at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA. Platacis is a professor of painting at Savannah College of Art and Design.


VIDEO Vanessa Platacis: Taking Place Installation at Peabody Essex Museum

Taking Place is a wall painting installation by Savannah-based artist, Vanessa Platacis (PLAT-a-sis), that reimagines some of PEM's most beloved objects. The artist researched the museum's vast and varied holdings, diving deep to find unexpected connections across time, cultures, and materials. Platacis turned her findings into 210 canvas stencils-all drawn and cut by hand with X-Acto blades.