Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Stamford CampusArt Gallery
The War Tapestries Closing day. Exhibit runs from Nov. 14 - Dec. 22, 2016.
Rose De Siano, Photographer/Artist
War Tapestries: For years, I have been religiously photographing and recording moments when archetypes
appear in real life. Originally, I looked to architecture; currently, I am intrigued by the culture of war reenactments and have spent the last three years dressing up as a WWII war correspondent crawling in the mud and photographing these events full of historic visual archetypes.
Each one of my photographs helps build a giant personal archive or data base. My recorded images are cataloged and then reorganized into seemingly realistic compositions possessing distorted depth, scale and perspective -- all of which brings into question our culture's
collective assumptions, expectations, beliefs, and moral attitudes.
These reenactments have lead me to three related series. The series submitted here; War Tapestries, is made up of photographic tableaus. Each composition is constructed by digitally
merging and manipulating my original photographs of battle scenes taken at US-based WWII and Vietnam War reenactments. I have presented these works both as traditional prints and
oversized Jacquard woven fabrics. As a photographer I am attracted to how alternative substrates can influence the meaning of photographic imagery. My decision to work with this
alternative photographic medium is motivated by my ongoing interest in how battle imagery has functioned throughout history. By alluding to famous battle tapestries such as the V&A's War of Troy and The Tapestries of the Apocalypse at the Chateau d'Angers, my fabrics
reference the long history of battle tapestries that conflate history with myth. I have included the photographic compositions and one example of this imagery output into an Jacquard woven tapestry.