Tapestry: Narrating A New Thread in the Dispatch | The Columbus Dispatch

August 10, 2022

Tapestry: Narrating A New Thread in the Dispatch | The Columbus Dispatch

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Kirsta Benedetti, an artist taking part in the Tapestry: Narrating a New Thread collective, has been featured in the Columbus Dispatch! See an excerpt below. 

(Excerpt courtesy of Peter Gill of the Columbus Dispatch)

“Benedetti's work is a collaboration with Mary Rodriguez, an associate professor at Ohio State University, who took part in the creative process as part of her research about identity formation among immigrants in central Ohio.

Benedetti, 38, and Rodriguez, 36, say they want to help immigrant and refugee women share their stories with their Ohio neighbors — on their own terms.  

“Portraiture has the power to connect people in very unique ways that different types of art don’t,” Rodriguez said. “We want people drawn to these women and wanting to know their stories, so maybe the next time they see someone on the street with a hijab or other traditional garb, they’ll smile at them and make them feel more welcome.”

Click here for the full article.