Description by the artist
In my Cocciu d’amuri (Sicilian for slice of love) there are prickly pears, the sun, the red domes of the churches of Palermo and a vase with the colors of Sicilian ceramics. A glimpse of Sicily on cuttlefish bone, marine wood, prickly pear cactus, watercolors. I don’t know how and when my passion and the discovery of cuttlebone chiseling was born, a bit like Michelangelo said that: “The work of art is already inside the block of marble. The work consists only in removing the excess, to make it emerge. You don’t have to add anything, you just have to know how to remove.” I started with a simple nail file, now I use diamond tip files. My subjects are faces, fish and glimpses of Sicily, the cocci d’amuri (Sicilian for glimpses of love). They can be used to embellish environments of various kinds. The calcium carbonate of which they are made of, makes them fragile and light, so their processing is particularly delicate and meticulous. Exploiting the characteristic form lanceolata, I succeed in realizing forms and different subjects, spacing from the white of the stuccoes of the Serpotta, to the bright colors of our Sicily.
The artwork in the Sicilian culture
A concentration of Sicily in this work, given by the sea, the sky and the typical plants and fruits. But it is the color in general of the entire work of art that immediately recalls the largest island in the Mediterranean.
Giacomo Serpotta was a talented Sicilian plasterer of the 17th century whose stupendous works can be admired in several churches and museums in Sicily.
(photo) Palermo, San Cataldo church, exteriorview, watercolor