Presepe in zucca
Description by the artist
Inside an elegant ornamental pumpkin (Zucca in Italian), a cold porcelain nativity (presepe in Italian) handmade and unique in the world. Pumpkin grown and treated at home. Cold porcelain, fabric, moss were used. Baby Jesus inside a walnut shell from my garden. 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.
The artwork in the Sicilian culture
The work does not have a particular reference to Sicily, but walnuts and pumpkin are certainly elements often found in all the houses and gardens of Sicilians.
Photo Trinacria, Caravaggio