Project Miele

In January 2014, my triptych “Project Miele” was permanently installed at the Tisch Cancer Center/Ruttenberg Treatment Center at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City.

The three large, abstract painted panels celebrate the mystery, beauty, and synthesis of the double-helix DNA strand and the honeycomb. Like the bonds in the double-helix structure, the paintings represent the complex and close relationship between physician and patient, combined with the green-gold healing properties of honey – an ancient palliative.

Through the alchemy of paint and the prism of light, these works inspire and help contribute to the warmth and security needed by all who walk through those doors.


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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Opening Art Reception at the HESS CENTER, Mount Sinai

Title: Project Miele at Ruttenberg Treatment Center Mount Sinai
Date & Time: January 23rd, 6pm to 8pm.
Location: Resource Room at the Ruttenberg Treatment Center, 1470 Madison Avenue, Third Floor.

Artist: Joan Di Lieto

Art Synopsis: Three large painted panels, with the predominant emphasis on the abstract, celebrate the mystery and beauty of the honeycomb and the double-helix DNA strand. Like the bonds in the double-helix structure, these paintings represent the complex and close relationship between physician and patient, combined with the green-gold healing properties of light.

For more information about the opening reception please contact Lora Davis at 646-385-3598 or Lora.Davis@mountsinai.org  . For more information about the artist please visit www.joandilieto.com