February 8th to March 31st, 2011
Reception March 3rd, 8pm - 9pm
In the UAS +15 Gallery
A pluridisciplinary artist specializing in musical theatre, puppetry/animation, eccentric performance and circus arts, Jamie brings her love of colour and whimsy to 'La Famiglia'. Using soft sculpture/puppets and artifact assemblage, she shares the story of a mourning widow. Dressed in black, with respect and honor for the deceased, she grieves... through prayer/ritual, she contacts the zoo animal spirits to deliver her prayers beyond the grave, and reunite her with love.
In this installation Jamie is inspired by the reprieve, the triumph of life she wishes for a member of her own 'famiglia' - her Nonna, an old world Roman Catholic Italian widow, who wore black for 5 years uninterrupted after her husband died. The zoo animals are part of Jamie's own personal mythology; as there is a spiritual aspect of her Nonna's story, in her prayer and communion with church and saints, Jamie opts to tell the story within her own church of the Zoo People, using symbols and vocabularies appropriate to her notions of the sacred divine . Truly, there is an underlying regenerative catharsis involved, in examining her personal process of grieving the loss of a lover, and commencing with her desire to explore and experience 'life' after the 'death' of a partner.
(It is a pleasure to be a part of CAOS again, and Jamie would like to thank Xstine for bringing it to life.)