We sew/see the sky
we sew/see the sky (Vati)
Lacuna: we sew/see the sky
Cyanotype print on cotton, gold thread, beads
This object was created as a way to bridge the gap between Ada, Ohio, and Florence, Italy. An Italian sky (or a sky in the sense of an homage to many frescoed ceilings in churches throughout Florence and the rest of the world) was created through the light of the Ohio sky using the cyanotype process. The outlines of the eight pointed stars, using over 500 feet of gold thread, were embroidered as a meditative gesture meant to reflect my reverence for both Florence and Ohio. I then slept under the blanket, a way to sleep, and dream, in both places simultaneously.
gallery installation, Elzay Gallery of Art, Ada, Ohio, Spring 2017
This piece was created for a collaborative show with Molly Di Grazia, Christina Gednalske, and Radha Rose Tague, which was also titled Lacuna.
noun: lacuna; plural noun: lacunae; plural noun: lacunas
1. an unfilled space or interval; a gap.
For many years I have balanced on a thread across a great expanse, connected on either end to a home: Ada, Ohio and Florence, Italy. And even when I am in one place, I am still in-between; a longing for the other is ever present. The work is a physical manifestation, remnants of my continual reaching, grasping, and hoping to close the distance between these two lands. It is a poetic gesture, an attempt to sew my homes together.