If it’s true that art imitates life and vice versa, then, according to artist Beatrice Scaccia, in life, we’re all silhouettes acting in slightly absurd and hyperbolic ways. Trained as a realist painter at the Fine Art Academy in Rome, Scaccia moved to New York in 2011, where she sought to strip away the rules of technique and develop her own recognizable aesthetic. Once in New York, she worked at Jeff Koons's studio and found a patron in the late philanthropist and art collector, William Louis-Dreyfus. Scaccia’s new exhibition, “Is There an Outside?”, on view at New York’s until November 21, includes mixed media pieces, animation, and a series of monochromatic two-sided works depicting figures emerging from roughhewn shapes and limbs cloaked in clothing. These figures are at once real and dreamlike, struggling between form and phantom. The absence of exterior spaces in Scaccia’s work further evokes an illusory feeling—toeing the line between the real and the absurd—and begs the question, "Is there an outside?" In times as absurd as these, Scaccia's work is a much-needed escape from reality.