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Talia Connelly

Rhode Island School of Design

My Blood Is Proof They Exist: Pt. I, The Migration
wool, hand-dyed mohair, rayon, metallic, and transparent opalescent nylon yarn hung by metal rod


Tell us about the work that you have submitted.

This is the first panel in a three-part woven series illustrating political and social narratives surrounding the Chinese-American adoptee diaspora. In this piece, themes of authority, separation and migration emerge in the form of policemen, parents, airplanes and American suburbia.

How do you describe your work and practice?

Working within the boundaries of repetition is a challenge in itself. How can I hold the viewer’s interest when the image will be predictably displayed multiple times? It forces you to adhere to certain rules of composition but also challenges you to find inventive ways to subvert these rules.

What motivated you to apply to the XL Catlin Art Prize?

The opportunity to share my work with new audiences and to connect with fellow art students around the country.

What inspires your work?

The desire to bring unsung narratives to public attention, paired with unbridled curiosity.