ON VIEW: May 3 - 28, 2017
Reception: May 5, 2017, 6-8pm
Dorothy Amore Pilla
"Land of Beauty - Land of My Father"
""Sicilian Fantasy"
Digital Composited Images on Aluminum, 26 x 18 in, 2017

I was always aware of what the first nine years of my father's life growing up Sicily meant to him. Although farming was not his life's occupation, he would plant and nurture any bit of land within his reach. I went to Sicily to experience and capture the land of which he was so enamored.Now I know, now I understand his passion for the land and what it produced, and his love for a countryside he knew he would never see again.

From my recent travels throughout Sicily, from coast to coast, I saw the Sicilian land and its people through my father's eyes. A warm, colorful, generous, kind and at times chaotic people living in ancient buildings nestled in a rolling and undulating landscape. Surrounded by ocean, I experienced much of the cities and rural areas of Sicily through the lens of my camera. I was eager to capture its essence as fodder for my digital images.

The Sicilian the landscape is formed from diverse geological origins, from volcanic rock to granite, from limestone to clay and black volcanic sand. It is vibrant, alive with color and form, and farming follows the contour of the land. In doing so, the farmlands create patchwork illusions, as it does in eastern Pennsylvania where my father's family settled when they came to this country. I feel a deep connection to the land in both locations.