L’ostrica di Natale
Description by the artist
Sea stones on oyster shell (ostrica di Natale in Italian). Mediterranean sea wood. My nativities are born from the use of natural materials, poor or recycled. I have created nativities inside oyster shells, ornamental pumpkins, string nests, rudimentary huts and tree barks. The characters inside the nativities are painted on stone with acrylic color, or created using a homemade paste prepared by using cornstarch, vinyl glue and oil, called cold porcelain. They were first modeled, then dressed and painted with care and love.
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The artwork in the Sicilian culture
The Mediterranean Sea is the sea that bathes Sicily, an island that is located right in the middle of it and for this reason it has always been a coveted land for the control of the entire area.Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Siceliots … sailed it with their ships. It is a sea rich in varieties of fish. It is a sea rich in archaeological finds from ships sunk over the centuries. It is a sea that 50 million years ago dried up and then tectonic uplifts led it to form the current mountains of Sicily. That’s why you can find shells and fishes walking on the summits of eastern Sicily. It is a sea that reminds us of the Temple of Venus Erice, the most revered temple of antiquity of sailors, right on top of Mount Erice, western Sicily. It is the mare Nostrum!
Photo Tonnara in Scopello, watercolor, FabriceMoireau