The devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to coastal communities in fall 2012 was evident in the wooden debris that littered the affected communities in its wake. Floorboards, pieces of cabinets, and window frames were often all that remained of homes torn apart by the storm’s ferocity. After the storm, artist Laura Petrovich-Cheney began to put her life together piece by piece by collecting the castaway wooden debris. Inspired by the geometry of American quilts, using recurrent block patterns, she is exploring ideas rooted in the repetition of life—birth, growth, death, and regeneration.
Laura Petrovich-Cheney was awarded a Business Accelerator Grant from the Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artist to support Piece By Piece.