Richiama (I call for you)
Based on the artist’s immigrant history, Richiama is a visual family tree, detailing each of her relatives that made the arduous journey from Naples between 1904 and 1949. With each type of lace representing a different gender and age, if examined, Richiama can literally be decoded to decipher the artist’s immediate immigrant family. The same 13 members appear on both the warp and weft, with the addition of the four American born members (including the artist herself) woven into the weft lace twill. The physical structure of Richiama is based upon frame looms found in the Ellis Island Museum archives.