“Scuilla’s imagery is indeed like a door into a magic world – inhabited by fragments from the feet of Ancient Emporer Nero’s colossal statue, bones of a bird, twirling monks, and phantom saints and martyrs.” “Through a surrealistic visualizing of ancient and Renaissance culture, Scuilla explores human behavior – the good and the foolish – and reminds us of our mortality.”
-Elizabeth Seaton, Curator
Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art
Porta Magica, Exhibition Catalogue, 2017.
“These Feet, these colossal, massive feet, which look like chiseled, craggy and crumbling marble, are tip-toeing through the Italian landscape light as a feather. The absurdity of it makes me laugh. The rest of Scuilla's spare compositions lays bare witness that such a humorous thing is actually happening, and here they are, feet effortlessly crossing the terrain, toes barely tickling the ground. Surely a colossal statue, which should be attached to such manner of said feet, would be crushing the ground and anything else beneath them, but then we break from Scuilla's vision.
Scuilla's prints resemble old book plates torn from an ancient text… His playful imaginings of these metatarsals amuses us and makes us question what is real. With just these two feet, he also shows Nero to be the mad emperor we always have envisioned; he romps through the city of Rome on his self-indulgent quests… We know this was a painful era in ancient Rome's past, but Scuilla lets us be as one with the emperor and gleefully survey the Tuscan land. If the 'shoe' fits….”
-Theresa Parker, That’s Inked Up,
“The effects of cross-cultural discourse also surface in Jason Scuilla’s detailed prints. His work owes much to art history’s traditional embrace of the Renaissance era, as his prints showcase the sculpted body – its textures, its physiology, and its imperfections – and its impacts upon an artist recalling his visitations to historical sites throughout Italy. His practice illustrates a powerful merging of memory, structure, and sensuality that issues from both deconstructions and re-contextualization of the body. Scuilla’s painstaking attention to elaborate, almost imperceptible networks of detail certainly highlight his status as a masterful printmaker.”
-Dr. Royce W. Smith, Dean
Montana State University.
Ad Astra Per Aspera Exhibition Catalogue 2012.