"Sources" at the Kapelle der Versohnung, Berlin Wall Monument, June 2017

Many of my pieces are made to dance, sway and travel. Some, like the "Sea Scroll" evolve to adapt to new locations and the works of other artists or performers. Others, like "Sources," set hard materials alight.

"Mediterranean Sea Scroll"

in Amsterdam, Bucharest and California

The silk  is  inscribed with texts from classical works of literature, sacred religious books, poems and songs. Their diverse scripts cross the seams of the fabric in smooth waves, evoking a  Mediterranean  of cultural continuity and  shared history.Alternative stories of the  sea and its history are  tucked into the   rolls and folds of the scroll. The piece thus visualizes  the relationship of history to its remnants or untold secrets . While the texts inscribed on the surface are indelible, the  unrecorded names, words and pictures in the folds  can be edited, updated. changed  or discarded.

The work is accompanied by a bibliography.

 © 2020 by Susan Ossman

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