In Imago: Committed to Memory

Laurie Cirivello's avatar Laurie Cirivello

IMAGO: The final stage of metamorphosis when the wings are fully formed and at their most complete. My work focuses on love, loss, and the power of memories. I work with simple materials: A framework of sticks and wire and wax; a vintage pattern paper “skin” bearing similar yet unique combinations of markings and instructions; and various scraps and embellishments, which I use to manipulate, scar and decorate the wings. I continuously experiment with the imperfect balance between art and science and sacred and secular. Each set of wings is presented in its own state of completeness – as in the final phase in the metamorphosis of wing creatures – in IMAGO and each has small mementos attached. These are the types of trinkets that hold and preserve the most precious remembrances. While they have no monetary value, they are capable of igniting the most vivid memories…capable of comforting the grieving, and creating a type of immortality by remembering and being remembered.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 4 feet
  • Medium: mixed media/found objects
  • Width: 4 feet
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 8 feet