In her Nesting series, artist Natalie Ciccoricco took the found objects in nature — the stick, twig, and stone, and embroidered them to paper. There is an archaic form to each piece — the organic twist of a moss-covered stick held to paper by needle and thread. A direct human connection to the Earth. Nesting was an exploration of her world made smaller during quarantine, items found on walks with her son.
On Saturday, July 11th Ciccoricco’s latest body of work will be shown at her exhibit A Thread of Color at Gilroy, California based art space Gallery 1202. Ciccoricco has traded in the found objects of nature for the ephemera of old America — postcards, farm-crate images, photographs lost to old magazines.
In each piece, she finds the heart of the image, not its subject, but what it truly is — the color and shape, grit, and bend of the object. The color makeup of each photograph spirals out in an embroidered color wheel as handcrafted hallucinogenic, pushing beyond our initial responses of seeing home as “home,” field as “field,” garden as “garden,” and actually seeing what those ideas is built from. Shape and shadow devolved into slips of thread. Ciccoricco’s work is fragile and earthbound, showing the impermanent nature of all that is around us.