Embrace – Marian Shapiro
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Smalti, recycled glass, litovi, copper nuggets, tusk shells, melted glass, hand knitted wire nest
This work is part of my Exodus series. In the early 1900s my great grandparents fled Lithuania with their young children. They were lucky and found asylum. Generations later, I live in a country I didn’t grown up in and grew up in a country my parents immigrated to. Over a century later, the story continues. Many millions of people, less fortunate than my grandparents, are currently in flight all over the world, with the refugee situation exacerbated by the current pandemic.
The human exodus has been with us for millennia and continues into the present day. To reflect this, I worked with a mix of traditional and modern materials and techniques. Smalti, hand cut marble, cleaved with the same tools used by the Romans and Greeks is used in conjunction with modern materials such as wire and recycled glass. In this work I explore the idea of a safe refuge, enclosing an abstracted world in a safe carapace.
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