Adonis Volanakis

A Second Prayer to Emily Dickinson, 2019

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Performative weaving with pieces from wedding dresses attached to raw silk
19.7 x 19.7 in (50.0 x 50.0 cm)
Signed on verso


This work ships from New York, NY, US.


A Second Prayer to Emily Dickinson is inspired by the writer's history and poetic unfolding. The process of making the work is that of praying to the poet while weaving as a way of meditating. The origin of its materials are pieces from wedding dresses that the artist interweaves in order to create a post-narrative of the wedding as a rite of passage for women. Volanakis receives and perceives wedding dresses as panoply, wish, curse, and above all, as a gendered social tool. This artwork upcycles hidden stories from the wedding dresses, so the sounds of the poems’ readings are embedded in the act of weaving.