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Love Lives Here

Love Lives Here  by Denise ((bonaimo)) Sarram 17" x 11" x 3.5" Assemblage, 2020


glass doorknob, metal escutcheon, wooden and plastic game pieces, toy train, jewelry, old map, doll house parts, thread bobbins, key, buttons, watch parts, metal embellishments, plastic pigeon, twigs, ephemera, ancestor photo

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This assemblage is a homage to the home in which my maternal grandmother, Caterina (otherwise known as Grandma Kitty), lived in when I was a young child living in Brooklyn, New York. This brick home was situated in the Gravesend area in the south-central section of the city and we enjoyed many good times, holidays and meals here.


It was a place filled with love. They had a small backyard with roses and fresh mint. Behind the home was a train yard with many railroad tracks, which always inspired an air of fascination. (Notice the yellow railway car.

Grandma Kitty was a expert seamstress and her finished basement was chock full of fabrics and ribbons and thread and all sorts of sewing supplies which instilled in me a love for fine materials. Her black Singer sewing machine was a workhorse. This mysterious basement of treasures is where I learned to cut patterns and sew.

Grandma Kitty has left a lasting impression on me. She is my guardian angel and I carry her in my heart always.

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