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LUISA CALDWELL : Mamma Mare, 2020




The Mamma Bead Curtain Series combines my life long love of beads with an encoded personal history of the things I love. It is made from my cache of mostly glass beads I’ve acquired over 3 decades (some longer) from around the world. The majority of the blue beads come from a trip to India where I bought every blue bead I came across, many of the large white beads come from Material for The Arts with faded tags saying Made in Occupied Japan, the crystals used in the figure are from chandeliers of a former deco movie theater in Newark NJ. Unique beads with a more personal significance include beads from a grandmother’s necklaces for instance. I have had love relationship with beads since childhood, drawn initially to their color and scale. As an adult I’ve become fascinated in their history, diaspora and reference to currency. For this series which includes Mamma Me, a figurative self portrait made, ovaries made from a grandmother's necklace; Mamma Micio, my former cat and home companion; Mamma Mare, depicting a hieroglyph wave referencing my son as an Aquarius and born in 2000 (MM); and Mamma Mondo, our dear Mother Earth, of course. - Luisa Caldwell, 2020

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glass | sculpture | beads


18.00 x 24.00 x 12.00 in | 45.72 x 60.96 x 30.48 cm

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