Bella and Sharky
Reflections of the Past
“We clasp the hands of those that go before us,
And the hands of those who come after us.
We enter the little circle of each other’s arms
And the larger circle of lovers,
Whose hands are joined in a dance
And the larger circle of all creatures
Passing in and out of life
Who move also in a dance
To a music so subtle and vast that no ear hears it
Except in fragments.”
“My interest in the subject of this exhibit was first sparked when I fell in love with a house, which is now my home, in an old Philadelphia neighborhood. I had yet to discover why this area would hold such a special allure for me.
Bella and Sharkey were my maternal grandparents. Incredibly, Bella as a teenager, once lived on my same street, just a few houses away when she met Sharkey at a neighborhood dance; they eventually married. Sharkey was a tailor by trade, owning his own shop, and together he and Bella raised five children. Sadly, when child number six, my mother, was on the way Sharkey died at the age of 32.
I found the house where Bella lived and raised her six children and where Sharkey’s tailor shop stood. These buildings have since been torn down but not before I was able to collect many artifacts during the demolition process; including photographs and construction fragments (rusted nails, shards of pottery, glass, stones and a wall sconce) all precious relics of my family history that have become indispensable to my artistic interpretation when telling Bella and Sharkey’s story.” – Jacque Ferretti
3rd Street Gallery, 45 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, (215) 625-0993
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