NYFA MARK Alumni
Cristina de Gennaro
Improbable Spring
2008
Gouache, archival ink jet prints, beeswax on mulberry paper; "found" wallpaper, wood, plastic, audio components.
43 painted panels and 62 "found" wallpaper panels, 7"X10" each, dimensions variable. Installed at the Westchester Arts Council, White Plains, NY.
This installation was a response to my father's death, the images of robins inspired by a game we played each spring as to who would spot the first bird of the season. The robin, historically associated with rebirth, also relates - through juxtaposition - to temporality, loss, and memory.

I hand-wrote texts onto the walls of the gallery examining aspects of memory and loss, while panels of "found" floral wallpaper sheets carried associations to spring, home, and the family. The walls were activated by light moving through the cut-out shapes in the wallpaper to form silhouettes of the birds upon their surfaces - present and, yet, intangible.

Brightly painted robins superimposed upon digital prints of nests, trees, bird watchers, houses, and gymnasts were layered in the windows to create a "landscape" of birds. The gymnasts, their images tightly cropped and arms outstretched seemed as if they were trying to fly, while the bird watchers, looking up to the clouds, almost always missed the birds. An audio of robin calls intermittently disrupted the silence of the gallery.

You may view Cristina de Gennaro's web site at www.cristinadegennaro.com.
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