War Tapestries


The UConn Stamford Art Gallery is pleased to present …

“War Tapestries”

by Rose DeSiano

Exhibit: November 14 through December 22, 2016


Heroes & Beast Battle Tapestries

Statement for upcoming show ‘Heroes and Beasts’:


Bringing her three-year series “War Tapestries” to a close, photographer Rose DeSiano has created a dominating room-sized photo jacquard weave tapestry blending together re-enacted battle scenes, pastoral landscapes, and beastly creatures — once again question how contemporary and historical uses of photography and image manipulation shape our histories.


“B.O.H.I.C.A” (Bend Over Here It Comes Again) Jacquard Woven Fabric

Each of her photographic tableau is constructed by digitally merging and manipulating original photographs taken from WWII and Vietnam re-enactments in the US, Belgium and The United Kingdom, while incorporating imagery of taxidermy from various National Science & History museums diorama displays, evoking of the complex symbolism of animals, as a visual practice that harkens back to cave paintings and biblical imagery. This introduction of the institutional taxidermy examines yet another place in our society where we fabricate re-enactments, creating visual pageantry that immortalize complex histories of American culture.


“Dust Off Incoming” Jacquard Woven Fabric

DeSiano’s choice to work with the alternative photographic medium of the jacquard weave is motivated by her 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 Château d’Angers, these fabrics reference the long history of battle tapestries that conflate history with myth.

“Alternative substrates can influence the meaning of photographic imagery”, as seen by the artist.


About the artist –  Received M.F.A at Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles; B.F.A at NYU-Tisch School of the Arts. Lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. and instructs as an Associate Prof. of Photography at Kutztown Univ. Recipient of Penna. state PASSHE grant. Exhibited in U. S. & internationally. Work appeared in The New Photo Review and UK’s Aesthetica magazine. You can explore more of his wondrous artwork at www.desiano.com or on Instagram at @rosedesiano