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Ann Cofta
Brooklyn, NY
Website: anncofta.com
Neighborhood: Greenpoint



ARTIST STATEMENT: My art examines what is lost when progress and technology occur at such an accelerated rate. Our neighborhoods are in constant flux as old structures are torn down, new ones almost instantly replacing them. Items we own and cherish become relics. I reference these iconic and familiar structures and objects in the art I create, and in doing so, celebrate our universal interconnectedness. My work is small and intimate. In contrast to the hectic clip of city life, it is with great care, and at a slow and deliberate pace, that I work on a single piece. The process is meditative and methodical. I work with simple tools and materials, needle and thread, stitch by stitch. The pieces done in wool felt are small cases (a back piece is sewn onto the front with a beaded border) with a closure on the back. They are meant to symbolically hold something precious, so I call them reliquaries. The stitched drawings are of public lands, and in the case of Devils Tower, it is currently a National Monument. These works are also stitched by hand, with a single strand of thread on fabric. While they are based on drawings I created while traveling cross country by car, they have taken on greater importance and meaning of late. The policies of our new political leadership threaten the wellbeing of our public lands and National Parks and Monuments. There now exists the possibility that some of the most beautiful places in this country may be destroyed for financial gain. This is tragic. The question mark in the title "Devils Tower?" articulates my concern: will it survive and keep its status as the first National Monument, a distinction it earned in 1906, or might it be destroyed? In a recent op ed piece I was haunted by a question posed by the author: "How much permanent damage is he [the president] doing?"
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