Caterina's Eyes by Denise ((bonaimo)) Sarram
27" x 8" x 3" Assemblage 2020
antique post office mailbox door, picture frame, jewelry, vintage celluloid door knob, enameled metal plaque, embossed metallic paper typewriter style letters, paper, ancestor photo
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This assemblage features a photo of my maternal Grandmother Caterina as a young girl upon arrival in America at Ellis Island. The frame is made from an antique copper post box door with a lovely natural green patina. The gold colored wood frame is embellished with typewriter letters. I fashioned the door knob escutcheon from an old metal enamel plate. The jewelry is vintage, something I picked up along the way. I love the vibrant green glass beads.
This artwork represents how my immigrant grandmother must have felt to finally have a place to call home after having to endure so much hardship. Having a mail box of one's own is a symbol of permanence.