anostalgia-series

anostalgia


I was once asked to make a series of sewn drawings that would have an Americana imagery. Although lots of it was already present in most of the work I had been making in the US, I wondered if it was possible for a non-American to work strictly in such subject. At the same time, I was thinking about what it means to be from a place, and how there are things that are very inherent to a certain culture.

When I came to the US, there were lots of everyday objects that I had never seen before, like a hot dog machine, or the hanging traffic lights; or things I had never experienced, like the Laundromat or the American flag. I realized I would never feel that I completely belonged here or I would completely understand American culture, because I had no American nostalgia.  

With that in mind, I came up with the title Anostalgia. I added the Greek a- for “not” or “without” in front of the word nostalgia, meaning “without nostalgia”.

To my surprise, I have grown to feel that some of those objects are now part of me too.







lights

thread on paper, 10" x 8", 2010



garden hose

thread on paper, 10" x 8", 2010



hot dogs

thread on paper, 10" x 8", 2010



flag

thread on paper, 10" x 8", 2010



lemonade

thread on paper, 10" x 8", 2010



public telephone

thread on paper, 10" x 8", 2010



pom-poms

thread on paper, 10" x 8", 2010



filter coffee

thread on paper, 10" x 8", 2010



open house

thread on paper, 10" x 8", 2010



basket

thread on paper, 10" x 8", 2010



shoe shine

thread on paper, 10" x 8", 2010



diner booth


thread on paper, 10" x 8", 2010



laundromat


thread on paper, 10" x 8", 2010






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