Ricca Brothers by Denise ((bonaimo)) Sarram 11" x 9" x 2" Assemblage 2020
wooden doll furniture, plastic doll place settings, faux flowers, metal bead vase, ship's manifest, census, postcard, game pieces, ancestor photos
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This assemblage is a study in symmetry. The faces are from a Ricca family portrait of my maternal Grandfather and his siblings and parents. The two eldest brothers bear a striking resemblance to one another, don't you agree? The "bodies" are actually a replica of a vintage photograph. And I tried to mimic the small table with the flower vase with the doll furniture and a vase made from a brass bead.
The background paper is a reproduction of a typical passenger ship manifest showing the various answers people provided to numerous questions they were asked before boarding for the trans-Atlantic journey.
Around the inside walls of the black wood frame is a copy of the 1910 census highlighting the names of the Ricca family when they lived in a Manhattan tenement.