Cicelia Ross-Gotta, I Love You Are You Okay, 2017. Artificial plants, waiting room chairs, text messages between the artist and her father, embroidery thread. To experience this work fully, please feel free to gently handle the leaves and sit in the chairs.
To Look: At everything which overflows the outline, the contour, the category, the name of what it is.
Softly hovering on the edge of visibility, that which is the most profound is so often heartbreakingly subtle. The themes of vulnerability, sensitivity, and tenderness play out in Cicelia Ross-Gotta’s sculptures and installations through fibers based mediums, performance and poetry. Informed by writers such as Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Alphonso Lingis, and Annie Dillard as well as her own personal experiences, her work is to risk vulnerability—foundational for sincere connection—to the audience. With quieter works, fine threads and subtle textures, she invites the viewer to stay sensitive. Not to simply look harder, but to look well—to try to see just this one thing well.
Artists Cicelia Ross-Gotta and Michael Swaine will lead a series of short interactive performances that use Ross-Gotta’s current installation at Gramma Poetry's art space, ZZZ, as a point of departure for a collaborative exploration of the intersection of poetry, language and visual art.