Gancho & Marranzano

An exercise in exploring "sound without sound." Music has always been a significant component in my work as it invokes strong elements of memory and places the work within a cultural context. To consider musical significance with the challenge of not producing audio or video work, I narrowed in on the physicality and presence of two traditional instruments that represent my family's heritage: the Marranzano from Sicily and the Güira from the Dominican Republic. My challenge was to use these instruments and consider their physical aesthetic without using them for producing music-- their intended purpose. By thinking of myself in relationship to the objects I decided to use each instrument as