|Samantha Palmeri, Unravel, 2018, oil and charcoal on canvas, 60 x 60 inches|
When I titled this piece, a little over a year ago, I pictured unraveling as a breaking apart of things, and it felt like a good metaphor for me.
So much has changed since November 2018, and I can now appreciate that to unravel is also to untangle, and resolve.
I've never shown the painting before, so I'm excited that the timing seems so perfect to have it included in a group exhibition coming up in March in Beacon, NY.
This is hard to sink in because we are brainwashed to believe we need things that we don't really need, and that we are supposed to want things that we don't always want. We can make our own rules and find our own way of doing things. Things that make us feel most like ourselves. Even if, and especially when, it doesn't make any sense to anyone but us.
I lose them all
little by little
and then all at once
in this sea of loss
I find things
in packing your bags
my lost kimono
and in filling my voids
Here all along