by Deborah Cholewicki
Dimensions: 4 ft. H x 4 ft. 8 in W x 10 in. D
Media: Natural Fibers
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Inspiration for Centipede
This fallen piece of funky twisted vine immediately spoke to me when I first saw it. Its unique shape presented all sorts of possibilities for creating a large free-form sculptural weaving. The materials and colors I have chosen for this piece reflect my love of nature and life. I am drawn to bold and earthy colors and love to create pieces that “make a statement”, create a sense of empowerment and bring a person back, again and again, to study and admire its details. “Centipede” is created from spaced-dyed flat and round reeds, copper and willow.
As a social worker for 12 years, I worked with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, primarily incest. For many of the women and men I worked with, tapping into their artistic strengths and gifts was an important part of their healing “journey”. Their works of art told a story – one of pain and betrayal to one of reclaiming their bodies, their spirit, and their personhood. Their works had a powerful and permanent impact on me. I was privileged to have worked with these individuals who not only allowed me to glimpse a part of their lives that was so very dark , but also invited me to be part of their fight to feel whole and empowered again and to celebrate that!