work attests to an obsession with thoughts and the compulsion to clarify the
thought process to an attempt to expand consciousness through the creative
The work then brings the relationship the creative process between the emotional
and the cognitive into the light. Her pieces communicate in non-linear narratives,
as in "Venetian Stories," which consists of snapshots, personal writings.
recipes. These individual fragments constitute an experiment of reciprocity.
Their relationship to each other is precarious. taped and , clipped together,
and will eventually lead to a unity. In several pieces, Sieff has used connective
fabrics: veils ("Nostalgia," 1995, photographs and veil). cotton
and nylon thread, as in the photograph "Ties" (1995), and in recent
work. These convey a fragility, speak to a vulnerability to once one's emotions
- the feeling of being caught in a net, but one that connects to humankind
with the possibility of belonging and interacting as part of a community.
Patricia A. Simpson
PS 122 Gallery, New York City
January, 30, 1997