Diana Jean Puglisi
MFA ’16 Fine Arts 2D
Through sculpture, textiles and drawing, I transform and recontextualize objects associated with women’s work, such as thimbles, sewing pins, lint rollers, dresses and pincushions, to try to understand it thoroughly and in a context different from its original. I create scenarios and question how the arrangement and interaction of materials and forms create parallel narratives to our lived experience. The forms allude to insects, sea creatures, candy, microcosms, plants, and the human body. They become relics of relics themselves exploring themes of feminism, superstition, protection, and intimacy. I arrive at my work by gazing at my matriarchal ancestry and performatively take part in a long history of seamstresses and lacemakers. Researching underlying stories and histories of an object’s strangeness, even objects that we consider common, pique my curiosity.