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In a time of the world when we were all searching for peace, calm and better answers, I went outside for my respite.

I walked, hiked, camped and spent as much time in nature as possible to get away from the urban turmoil that I lived in.

I started noticing how beautiful and strange natural things can be! Whether I was looking at sticks and stones, trees or flowers, I saw magnificent colors and amazing structure in the natural growing things.

Then I went into my felting studio and created fantastical, botanical


Sticks and Stones Exhibition


In May 2020, while in the grips of a pandemic, business shutdowns, political divides and glaring racial injustices, Philadelphia also experienced the residual effects of a tornado, leaving fallen tree branches all over the streets and sidewalks for weeks. 

As Marcie Ziskind walked around the heated urban landscape, witnessing the emotional and physical wreckage of a broken city, her thoughts turned from the fallen branches surrounding her to the events of the last few months, and the words that so fiercely hurt us all. Sticks and Stones by Marcie Ziskind is the physical embodiment of the way words can hit you, pummel you, stick with you, and forever change your perspective. It is meant to reminds us that although they can hurt, words must be said to evoke thoughtful transformation. 

View more information about this exhibit on the Da Vinvi Art Alliance website.

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