Ganzissima , 2023
60 x 43 x 1 in (h x w x d)
Gouache

Last year, I was put in an odd position.

I don't celebrate Thanksgiving and the only times I've had an elaborate dinner in the past few years on the third or fourth Thursday of November have involved a heavy influence of Indigenous narrative - let alone snacks.

However, I was asked to create a typically "US-based Thanksgiving Dinner" as seen on TV. I was, at first, a bit hesitant, but I'll get to that in another post. On this late-November evening in 2022, I finally had a proper dinner with my neighbors among other guests. And that's when I found out that I live next to "The Incredibles."

Silvia, as featured in this gouache portrait, taught me on "Il Giorno del Ringraziamento" that so much of what had been lost in translation in the process of moving here had made sense. Silvia is a badass powerhouse fitness model who continues to slay in all that she does. While sitting around the dinner table, we exchanged stories and I was fascinated even more about who I was living next to in addition to my new Florentine guests.
Ganzo/Ganza embodies all that is cool. Ganzissima? The coolest. And that is who Silvia is.

It's moments like these that remind me of why I moved here and why I continue to stay in Florence, Italy. Giving thanks is not just about a colonial narrative or defensive posture as an Indigenous person, it needs to be reframed in all that we do, and with whom all that we share.

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