Rose Camastro-Pritchett - November 2009



I am intrigued with the changes that occur in me when I live in different cultures - Europe, Saudi Arabia, China. With time, my cultural lines begin to blur: the exotic becomes ordinary and what was once familiar becomes foreign. My work is about this transition and change and the feelings that arise during the process. I am wise if I acknowledge them when they surface and lost if I do not. The cocoon is my metaphor for this journey. It is a protective covering, a wrapping; a casing for all that will be changed.

The cocoons in this installation were the result of performances, in which individuals were wrapped in yards and yards of sheer cloth, were sewn into it, forming a cocoon; at the end of the performance they were cut out. The cocoons have been reworked - the remains of this passage - into talismans that hold their stories. Cocoons originating at Jiujiang University, Jiujiang, China and at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago are part of the installation.

This work is sponsored in part by Jiujiang University and the Columbia College Chicago Part-time Faculty grant.

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