Before I was born, my grandmother had a still in the basement and made her own ouzo, (my mom had to stand at the top of the stairs and be the lookout) and there were also big wine barrels and accessories for making their own wine.
When I was little, I remember serving guests small glasses of ouzo on a small black tray with flowers painted on it.
My paternal grandmother used to read fortunes in the grounds of turkish coffee and she kept a jar of leeches on the window sill, in case anyone got sick. She also had small pieces of wood that were supposed to be pieces of the real cross. Up in the attic I found old wooden icons of saints. Me and my brother and sister each had our own small icon that we would keep by our bedside and at night before we went to sleep we would do the sign of the cross and kiss the icon. I don't know, superstitions, rituals,traditions... yes, they have all influenced my art. I have made jewelry representing evil eye amulets by chasing and enameling metal.
I am working on a series based on icons, using old photos of my family.
Laura Jane Bouton