Homes for the Disembodied – Palestine.

I’ve just stumbled upon this beautiful, haunting work by Mary Tuma. Have a look and see what you think…

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Mary Tuma is a Palestinian – American artist and art professor. Born in California in 1961, Tuma began sewing and crocheting with her mother at an early age. Her love of these processes led her to begin her formal study of art as an apprentice at Beautiful Arts Hall in Kerdassa, Egypt, where she learned to weave tapestries.

Her work addresses issues of the transformation of the body and the spirit through the use of clothing forms applied to found objects or placed within a contextual environment. For her, the use of old fabrics and found objects is important in creating a work or environment that evokes a feeling of loss, or distant memory. About her work, she says:

I am interested in the sorting of images from the past, images that are like shadows or ghosts, something not quite whole and no longer real but still of great influence and…

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