Moro ca frutta n’ta testa
Description by the artist
“Moro ca frutta n’ta testa” (Sicilian for Moor with the fruit on the head) is inspired by what are typically Sicilian Myths: the Moor’s heads. In my artistic idea, its characters become decorative elements with the possibility, thanks to a special hook, to turn into clothes hanger. The pictorial support is made of a wood board carved by hand, while the decoration is done with acrylic paints and permanent markers, all protected by a protective water resistant varnish. While the support clothes hanger is made of hand-wrought iron with a weathering steel finish effect.
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The artwork in the Sicilian culture
The Moor’s Heads are a classic representation of artistic Sicily. They tell of a legend in which a beautiful Sicilian fell in love with an Arab at the time that they reigned in Sicily (IX-XI century), being betrayed by the Moor, she beheaded him in his sleep and hung his head, as if it were a vase, on the balcony, also adorning it with a fragrant basil plant that aroused the admiration of unsuspecting bystanders. Oranges, lemons, are two symbolic sicilian fruits imported by the Arabs during their domination (IX-XI century). Vineyards are another great symbol of this fertile island which, also thanks to the presence of Etna’s lava soil, offers a varied quality of grapes.
(photo) Women and child next to a fountain, Castiglione di Sicilia, 1928