‘Tarantella’    Emma Kohlmann, Kelly Infield, Charlotte Kohlmann.
                Curated by Tara Castellano and Jess Scott.

May 25 2019, Saturday 7:30pm-9:30pm ---Opening
+ May 26 2019, Sunday 12pm-5pm ---Open Hours
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After the misdiagnosis of the lethal Tarantella, Giovanna was forced to move from Italy to Los Angeles. Here she found solace in the arms of The Staircase…

Tarantella is the world of dance and hysteria. What happens when women are accused of the bite of a sinister spider and are unable to be cured of its consequences? We get to see the new life and home Giovanna has created in Los Angeles. Her doors will be open to the public for just a short time. With work by Kelly Infield, Charlotte Kohlmann, and Emma Kohlmann, a new home is formed through the intricate weaving of history, mythology, and culture, giving the viewer an intimate look into life birthed from exile.

Charlotte Kohlmann has interlaced words and drawings onto Giovanna’s undergarments. They  have written interpretations of both fabricated truths and historic events, to divulge Giovanna’s story and interests in symbolism. These garments act as an armor under her everyday clothes to conceal and reveal secret histories.

Kelly Infield manipulates the sessile comfort of domestic pieces by breathing life and movement into her sculptures. Her work gravitates to the center of the room, making us question function in our living spaces. Kelly is based in Los Angeles, California.

Emma Kohlmann developed multiple ceramic pieces for Giovanna’s new home as a way to root our reality to hers. Her vessels, luminaries and floor pieces functions as way to give figurative tangibility into this domestic imagined space.

Emma and Charlotte Kohlmann are based in Northampton, Massachusetts.

This collaboration between the Kohlmann sisters and Kelly Infield depicts a transient character’s life caught in amber.  When the bite of Tarantella manifests alienation, her own shell is her coping mechanism.

--Tara Castellano, 2019.