Construction Site: Viviane Rombaldi Seppey

Viviane Rombaldi Sippey, “One Stitch at the Time” (2018)

On view at the Center for Book Arts October 9 through December 12.

Construction Site investigates the challenges faced by migrants settling in a new land, using the stories of Viviane Rombaldi Sippey’s grandfather to trace narratives of migration. At the turn of the 20th century, aged fifteen, her grandfather left Italy on foot to find work in Switzerland, working on construction sites along the way.

Construction Site encompasses a paper-based installations and artist’s books, featuring work based on migratory experience, using the concept of home construction as the point of departure for this collection of work.

Viviane Rombaldi Seppey is a New York based multimedia artist working in drawing, artist’s books, painting and installation. Her work is informed by her family history and migratory experiences and is woven into personal and social narratives to explore ideas of place, identity and memory. Rombaldi Seppey holds a BFA from National Art School in Sydney, Australia and a MFA from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia.

She has received support through numerous residencies and fellowships including the Lower East Side Printshop, Bundanon Trust in Australia, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, Banff Center for Arts and Creativity in Canada, Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. She was a AIM, (Artist in the Marketplace) participant. Rombaldi Seppey has exhibited her work internationally including in the USA the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL; the Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY; the Hunterdon Art Museum, Carriage House at the Islip Art Museum, John Jay College, Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University and New York Institute of Technology and Rutgers University. In New York she had solo shows at Smack Mellon, the Kentler International Drawing Space, Summit Art Center, NJ, and at Wave Hill, the Sunroom Project Space Program.