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Waiting for the Ship to Come In


This assemblage reflects various aspects of a European immigrant’s journey to the United States in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The tarot card references political oppression such as the pogroms. The locks symbolize lack of social immobility and economic opportunity in “the old country.”

The photo of my mother’s childhood globe and a time clock represent the need to travel far long distances. Approaching the shore is represented by the two pictures of the sailing ships. The blocks of letters on the cart symbolize the need to learn the local language and customs upon arrival (viewed from above, the visible letters spell “English”).

The seating area represents those who arrived alone and await the arrival of their families. The two keys attached to the seating area representing unlock the possibilities denied by the locks above.

The light blues of this piece are designed to instill a feeling of hope.

Materials include turquoise, freshwater pearls, Murano glass, dollhouse miniatures, craft materials, fabric, ribbon and paper.

Custom framed with museum glass in a sophisticated deep wooden frame in collaboration with Chevy Chase Art Gallery, Washington, DC.

Price: USD 2,800

Frame color: Silver

Size (in inches): 14 x 22 x 4

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