I am intrigued with the changes that occur in me when I live in different cultures - Europe, Saudi Arabia, China. With time, my cultural lines begin to blur: the exotic becomes ordinary and what was once familiar becomes foreign. My work is about this transition and change and the feelings that arise during the process. I am wise if I acknowledge them when they surface and lost if I do not. The cocoon is my metaphor for this journey. It is a protective covering, a wrapping; a casing for all that will be changed.

The cocoons in this installation were the result of performances in which individuals were wrapped and then sewn into yards and yards of sheer cloth, forming a cocoon; at the end of each performance, they were cut out. I have reworked these cocoons -- the remains of this passage -- into talismans that hold the stories of their metamorphosis.

Rose Camastro Pritchett

Rose Camastro Pritchett is a visual and performance artist who has lived
in the Middle East, Europe, North Wales and China. This cross-cultural experience serves as the underpinning of her work. She exhibits and performs internationally, most recently at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Her honors include three Illinois Arts Council Project grants, four Ragdale residencies, two Albert P. Weisman Memorial scholarships, and art residencies in Lucerne, Switzerland, and Jiujiang, China. Rose earned a BFA from Quincy University in Fine Arts, an MS from Western Illinois University in Counselor Education, and an MFA in Book and Paper Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago. Rose and her husband, David, live in Evanston and teach at Columbia College Chicago. Their daughter, Jenny, is a writer who resides in San Francisco, and their son Jesse, teaches in China.