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Damascus Marquetry 2013

As Syria is enflamed by war, I think of the many religious and ethnic peoples that make up modern Syria and its long history. Damascus, then and now, is the center of the nation and the civilization. I’m reminded of the intricate geometric designs, constructed of wood, bone and mother-of-pearl, used in the traditional craft of marquetry. The twelve points, constructed of glass and slices of a brass Syrian plate, represent the various communities, similar yet uniquely different. Will this tragic war result in the loss of some communities and destroy the grand design itself?

Visual Musings on a Search for Peace

The Ultimate Washington Dinner Party

Escaping the political chatter in Washington, I imagine a fantasy discussion about life, liberty and art among some of my favorite thinkers and doers.   With a nod to artist Judy Chicago’s installation “The Dinner Party”, I’ve made dinner plates for my invited guests, and of course, prepared questions.  Fish is on the menu, hot from the glass furnaces of Hebron and Abraham’s legacy.  Shards of dishware and found objects from my life and homelands of the guests provide both inspiration and material.

All photos by Jessica Marcotte