Contemporary and historical textile patterns, embroidery and garment designs are the inspiration for my sculptures. Intense rainbow and neon colors vibrate in my work. The symbolic imagery of flowers, laurels, and wreaths represent cultural ideals of power, wealth and will. Common contemporary materials, zippers, coffee filters, children’s barrettes, construction-marking tape, ribbon and mirrored paillattes, are used to mimic the splendor of historical textiles and architectural embellishment. I feel we live in a material world, however, we have lost the necessity and desire to create because of the availability of disposable goods that are industrially made. I reflect upon contemporary industrialization and global outsourcing of material processes impacting the environment. I am researching the influence of textile and chemical dye polluting and the disposable nature of contemporary fashion and home furnishing industries.

C. Pazia Mannella