La Tavola

La Tavola

The table represents the union of kindred souls and the sharing of life’s values. The sincere devotion involved in the offering of food takes us back to another time, to a ritual consisting of visual sensations, emotions, and an awakening of the spirit, blending the aromas passed down to us with contemporary tastes. It is a symbolic place that brings together bodies and minds within a space made from the same matter that we are, the same matter that makes up the universe, the creation, and love. The vision of this site-specific installation is not limited to the formal level, but merges with the auditory perceptions that surround it, from the musical composition of Davide Curci, whose sounds speak about the table and its human and divine essence.

Unique pieces of varying measures. Materials: glazed maiolica melted at high temperatures, fabric, and wood, 2016.


Bugie vere, vere bugie

Bugie vere, vere bugie

The artwork takes inspiration from the nineteenth-century tradition of papier mâché processing techniques developed at the long-standing Mario Di Donfrancesco’s atelier in the Baroque italian city of Lecce. The heads are created using the original molds from masters Guacci and Caretta, and followed the ancient manifacturing method, modelled by the artist himself in the final phase, completing unique contemporary objects imbued with spirituality and secularism. ‘Bugie Vere, Vere Bugie’ performs a twist of the human inner, invisible paths and the secret truths of his soul, unveiling people’s everyday masks that usually hide weaknesses to the outer world. It is an allegory for the pursuit of perfection, the stuggle in keeping appearances alive and the fear of losing an ideal moral integrity. Every head, as part of the whole installation, is the symbol of a timeless tale connecting truth and lie, past and present, love and betrayal, fiction and reality. It’s only when entering the dimension of magic that everything happens.

Majolica, iron oxide, gloss paint, 2017.

Exhibitions:
– ‘Between two seas’, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, LA, (USA), 2019,
– ‘I may not be there’,  Palazzo Mongiò, Galatina (IT), 2017,
– ‘Tredici Teste. L’ultima Cena’,  MAAAC, Cisternino (IT), 2017,
– ‘Bozzetto a tu per tu’, Usomagazzino, Pescara (IT), 2017,
– ‘A tu per tu’, Museo Nuova Era, Bari (IT), 2018.


La Tavola black

La Tavola black

The other side of light, the hidden part of our very soul but also authentic, that shows up in the inner,  circular, spiritual path of everydaylife. The game of opposite stops, focusing on the balck side of a table made of absence.

The artwork takes inspiration from the nineteenth-century tradition of papier mâché processing techniques developed at the long-standing Mario Di Donfrancesco’s atelier in the Baroque italian city of Lecce. 

Majolica melted at high temperatures, different sizes. 


Salomè

Salomè

Three white bowls describing the biblical history of ‘Salomè’ and St. John Baptist’s martyrdom. A inner spiritual journey of the artist who depicts himself in the head of the Saint, handcrafted following both the italian classic art standards and the contemporay taste, bringing the whole story in the present time while focusing on each of the elements composing the scene.

Triptych, white majolica melted at high temperatures, unique pieces, 2016.


Tratto da

Tratto da

A great motherhood as archetype that, taking inspiration from antiquity, a presents itself as the new object of worship.
The photographic portrait in black and white of a transgender woman with a child, represents a ‘new icon’ in which the two figures are intertwined in an intense embrace, isolated on a background of copper-colored foil. The work creates a dialogue with the observer, questioning them on the topic of motherhood and the role of women in contemporary society. It’s an invitation to reflect on the limits of contemporary culture and on the social and religious stereotypes, since gender identity does not have to match biological sex.

Curated by Rosemarie Sansonetti and Annamaria Traversa, Museo Nuova Era, Bari, Italy.

Wood shovel, copper foil, b/w photographic image, 2009.


L'ultima cena

L’ultima cena

The enlargement presented in this work, demonstrates the research of the artist in the photographic medium. The language of photography is special when, crossing the boundaries of the image, it tells a story of characters and events that are, even today, of this contemporary reality. All of the characters depicted, seem to speak to us of some truths, or they seek the same story of a conflict that is never dualism, but that tells us of a unique energy, a sentimental and sensual flowing. Of Eros, of Thanatos. In white on black, here, now. And where the resurrection is a bright horizon (of copper) VITANOVA.

Curated by Rosemarie Sansonetti and Annamaria Traversa – Museo Nuova Era, Bari- Italy.

Pvc, copper foil, b/w photographic print, 2008.


Iride

Iride

Iride is a work designed to be a light source that comes out of the earth, achieved by projecting rays of light that are refracted in a play of lights and shadows. The almost complete darkness of the architectural environment that hosts it, with its black coloring, highlights the circularity of the light inherent in the individual.

Site-specific permanent installation, Palazzo Mongiò dell’Elefante della Torre, Galatina, Italy.

Materials: iron, incandescent light bulbs, light beam, 2014.


Il diavolo e l'acquasanta

Il diavolo e l’acqua santa

This double installation is exhibited in the spaces of both Museo Nuova Era (two large photo-tapestries and a live model) and Spazioikonos (sculpture and photo-tapestry). Il diavolo e l’acquasanta is a path or conceptual map that identifies the inner life of the individual/artist as a self portrait onto which is projected the ideal (classical) beauty of the model. The routes traced by this map, suggest complex paths of mind and of heart but each of them are possible. Thus individual experience becomes universal.

Enlargements on paper and gold foil, 2003.


ICHINEN

Ichinen

Center, heart, humanity. Humanity around which to create harmony
The human being is the center, the pulsing heart of the follies of the world, the mirror of the soul that loves, the reflection of the passage of time; pure material and divine spirit, reborn even after life, but never equal to itself.

Color photographic prints 50 x100, 2013.


Gabbie

Gabbie

“Gabbie” (‘Cages’) represents light and the love for life, the passage from darkness of the soul to inner freedom, through a personal journey that the artist has depicted in maiolica elements inserted into an iron structure, with a light that casts subtle shadows on the walls. The cage is a symbol of the mental trap of a morality imposed by society, its light a clear reference to the strength and positivity inherent in each human being to transform that darkness into a hymn to life and its infinite beauty.

Art installation, Uno Nove Tre | Liquid Art Gallery, Pantelleria, Italy.
Maiolica, metal, fabric, plumage, light bulb, electric wire, 2016.