Project Miele

January 27th, 2014

SVA alumna Joan Di Lieto recently debuted Project Miele, her permanent painting installation at Mount Sinai’s new Hess Center for Science and Medicine.

Joan Di Lieto, "Project Miele," 2014

Project Miele is a triptych of eight-foot tall, abstract oil paintings that integrate into the south wall of the Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill-designed Hess Center. Like ceremonial scrolls, the paintings illuminate and preside over the open and transparent first three floors, with dramatic sight lines from any vantage point. They feel especially inviting when viewed from below, which maximizes their towering dignity.

Joan Di Lieto and "Project Miele," 2014

With richly textured surfaces and densely layered strata of abstract forms, the paintings emphasize a relationship with organic movement and geometric structure. They seem to freeze a moment within a process. Flashes of light burst from a connective honeycomb field, while spindly tendrils and effervescent vacuoles coalesce. Like Monet’s Waterlily paintings, the two outer paintings could continue beyond their edges; while the middle panel seems to draw its elements toward its center.

Joan Di Lieto, "Project Miele," 2014

Together, the luminous images invoke cellular biology and its applications. Indeed, Ms. Di Lieto is a cancer survivor. She writes, “Like the bonds in the double-helix structure, these works represent the complex and close relationship between physician and patient, combined with the green-gold healing properties of light.”


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