Italy - MARIA ELISA D’ANDREA
In my work, thread is all about waiting. Waiting as a dramatic aspect of our existence, linked to sickness and treatment, to psychological suffering. Waiting as a passive situation where you must be patient, allow things to take their time, instead of being an active participant you become passive, and all you can do is wait. Working with thread is a meditative, therapeutic activity. It calms anxiety and helps us bear the suspense.
Weaving thread refers to birth, to creation. Cutting the thread, when the work is finished, recalls the cutting of the umbilical cord, the beginning of life which is also the beginning of death.
Text by the artist