Description by the artist
Wood, cuttlefish bone, stones and shell fragments picked up in the Mediterranean Sea. Here is Strombolino, the little fish of Stromboli. 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.
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The artwork in the Sicilian culture
The archipelago of the Aeolian Islands, is located in the northern part of Sicily and is composed of 7 beautiful islands (Vulcano, Lipari, Salina, Alicudi, Filicudi, Panarea and Stromboli) and a large rock: Basiluzzo. It is a concentration of history, worldliness, beautiful beaches, splendid sea, active volcanoes (Stromboli and Vulcano), renowned food products. This work of art is full of typical elements of the Aeolian Islands: the prickly pears, the sea, Stromboli smoking, palm trees, a beautiful blackberry and, above all, the unmistakable Aeolian houses: white, cubic, and with the famous terraces (bagghiu) delimited by columns (puleri).
Giacomo Serpotta was a talented Sicilian plasterer of the 17th century whose stupendous works can be admired in several churches and museums in Sicily.
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