Social Media: @elena.marcozzi
Wool Felt, Yarn, Embroidery, Beads
18” x 22”
Artist Statement: My Inspiration is Alice, a well-spoken and kind person who cares deeply for her family and community. She also has lovely hobbies such as knitting and reading. These are all aspects of her life that I wanted to incorporate into this fiber piece, which is made from a laborious process called wet felting. The wool fibers are agitated, with hot, soapy water and increased friction through rolling, creating a sturdy felt. The elusive wisps of wool are complimented by textual elements of knitted yarn and embroidery. This is a strange fantastical setting in which a dark castle looms in the background wreaking havoc on the land by spreading infectious spiked orbs, meant to resemble microscopic cancer cells. A majestic orange bird soars high above fighting against the orbs, using its magical wings to transforming the cells into flowers. The phoenix is a widely known symbol for the circle of life, in death and rebirth. In this instance, it conveys human resilience in face of the tribulations of cancer, an inner struggle with your body and mind. I wanted to create a world to pay homage to Alice’s character, her experiences, and the things she loves.