Over the past two years, after the death of my mother, I have become increasingly interested in learning more about the origin of my family, their emigration to the US and their previous lives in Italy. Both of my parents are now deceased, as are all but two of my father’s siblings. Traditions, language, recipes and connection to family are receding from memories, as the extended family grows larger and further apart.
. . . My work is often drawn from forms and patterns found in nature. The patterns of the lace are no exception as many suggest plant-like structures. I have recently had several opportunities to produce ephemeral, site- specific installations using natural materials within a landscape. I anticipate that the mixed media work I would produce in Calabria would be influenced by the unique natural landscape as well as by an investigation of cultural traditions and family roots.
I am employed as an art instructor and work with students ages 12-15 throughout the school year. As a teaching artist, I am willing to present workshops to students in Italy that will highlight the concepts, techniques and experimentation with mediums that are prevalent in my work.