Description by the artist
The woman with pickly pears (Donna ficodindia in Italian) in her hair and turban, represents a modern and traditional look at the same time. The colors are vivid, bright and vibrant, contrasting with the black clay, obtained in reduction with Raku firing. The image is composed of several refractory clay majolica tiles joined together, modeled, engraved, painted and fired according to the ancient Japanese technique. Finally, applied on a wooden base and framed by a hand-painted frame.
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The artwork in the Sicilian culture
Prickly pears are one of the great symbols of Sicily. They grow everywhere: on the sides of cliffs, in gardens, on the roofs of abandoned houses, on the sides of roads … Its fruit (ripe by the end of August) is delicious and much loved by Sicilians who also make rosoli and mostarda, a sweet typically prepared in jars, with the addition of carnations, cinnamon and almonds. Gelo is also very appreciated, a sort of gelatinous cream. Prickly pears were imported by Arabs during their domination (IX-XI century).
Photo: Sicilian women, early 1900
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