Christina Yocca received her MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From 1987 until 1995, she taught in Art Department at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, heading the fibers program. In addition to being a full time studio artist, she currently teaches in the Eau Claire Area School district where she has been part of the Elementary Art Department for over 4 years.
I have been studying Italian on my own and with some help for a number of years. I am still at the beginning level. I can hold a basic conversation. I dream of travel and making art in Italy.
My paternal grandparents immigrated from Calascio, Italy to Pennsylvania in the early 1900’s. My grandfather, Pasquale Iocca, was a shepherd. My grandmother, Marie Ciotti, was a child when she immigrated. Her family was educated and could write. They generally owned grocery stores. My grandfather could not write and decided to move his family off the farm in New Florence, Pennsylvania and into a town where his children could learn to read and write. He chose to work in the coal mines to make this possible. Somehow my grandparents lovingly closed this gap between two classes. My great grandmother, so I am told, used to spin wool from the porch of the old farmhouse in New Florence. My grandmother sewed clothes for her children and for herself. She made quilts and did tatting later in life. I am sure that my interest in textiles comes from the women in my Italian heritage. My grandmother taught me to cut up noodles for an Abbruzzi chicken soup, to crochet, and told me stories of the farm and of Italy. She would show me letters from Italy. I was intrigued by the beautiful rounded letters in the handwriting. Calascio and the hills and seas of Italy have called me for many years. The recent earthquake in Abruzzi left me heartbroken for the people and for my ancestral home.
Christina Yocca ricevuto il MFA da Tyler School of Art di Philadelphia, in Pennsylvania. Dal 1987 fino al 1995, ha insegnato in Art Department presso l’Università di Wisconsin – Eau Claire, che dirige il programma di fibre. Oltre ad essere un artista completo di tempo, insegna attualmente a tempo parziale in Eau Claire Zona distretto scolastico dove ha fatto parte della elementare Art Department per oltre 4 anni.
I miei nonni paterni emigrarono da Calascio, l’Italia in Pennsylvania nel primi anni del 1900. Mio nonno, Pasquale Iocca, era un pastore di pecora. Mia nonna, Maria Ciotti, era un bambino quando lei immigrata.