curated by D. Dominick Lombardi
Hampden Gallery, UMASS Amherst
October 18 - November 12, 2015
Opening Reception: Sunday, Oct. 18, 2 - 4 p.m.
" Rossana Taormina employs found, unidentified, sepia toned photo postcards of people as she laces them with hand-stitched synthetic thread. The geometric patterns created by the sewn-in fiber sometimes forms symbolic cages that oppress or inhibit the subject, and other times we see radiating accents that either coddle or caress the head suggesting import, or some sort of thoughtful mindset. In any case, by adding the string elements, the artist adds a new enlivening narrative to a long lost individual. What I find most compelling with these works is the timelessness of the overall aesthetic and the freshness of these two very specific mixed media "