It’s Easter time in April this year! From a domestic side, main news are: the municipality calendar hanging in my kitchen displays a photo of my “Anteprima del temporale” that was selected in a previous competition; the painting “The Sticker Dude remembering the joint performance “Just life” by/with Laura Cristin in Coney Island 2012/06/14” was completed (link at http://www.artwanted.com/imageview.cfm?id=1451496 ) and Ragged Edge Press NYC will print it as a sticker. I found the time with my daughter to decorate new terracotta eggs (what a relaxing fun!). The bookmark “Sheren” takes part in “Parolamagica” exhibition (curator Rosanna Veronesi) in Milan, at the historic bookstore Malavasi in via Santa Tecla/largo Schuster (just behind Palazzo Reale) from 19 to 23 April, for the Milan Bookfair.
Main image on the left: Christmas Tree 2016
TOPs: pop-up card “Pirouettes” – Santa Claus pendant for “La Festa dei Cugini” 1992 – ‘Xmas tree top – Supermoon in Gabria (Gorizia) 13NOV2016 – starfish in “Re-vault” bust 2014-’16 – photo of my grandma from her diary “Memorie di Fumis Angela 1914-1916” – detail of “oisEAU” 1998 – selfie at City Lit in London 2016.
heARTs: TRIPtych for the Mothers of Capua 2016 – crib in Naples (San Giovanni Armeno) similar nativity scene (figurines) was sent to Dario1 – “Wunderhouse” oil on glass 1987 – “Pirouettes NEW” ball with Brunori Sas figurines – the garden of peace at Kingsley Hall in London.
BASE Foliage: detail of “Re-vault” in Gaeta (Latina) – Pulcinella tambourine in Naples – Rainbow Dash at aardverx in London – “OB-LA-DI’, OB-LA-DA” disc revisited 1968-2016 – at London Biennale opening in Rome with Raffaella Losapio and David Medalla – Kingsley Hall window.
TRUNKs: performance “hell-HEAL-hill” in Rome – Siren/dolphin fountain at Napoli Centrale – Reynolds and I in Rome after having painted on her heart – Olivetti writing ‘Xmas Carols 2016 – Afrodite “Pudica” at Archeological Museum in Naples – door-window at Kingsley Hall – baby hazel tree in “the field” of Bagnaria Arsa (Udine) similar photo was selected for the calender of the municipality (April).
This year, approaching Christmas, I gave myself many stories that poured out from the memories of people, things and situations met in the months gone by. Soon the recollections linked with the past and developed in dreams for the future. A not-so-tangible ‘Xmas tree took shape in my heART. Next step was to try to make all this visible for the most, before letting it go. The story began with buying an Advent Calendar that resembled the “Wunderhouse” painted in 1987. Saint Nicholas helped me to get four tickets at the front row for a concert in Udine on 2017/02/24. At Saint Lucy Day, I found a pop-up card with the musical instruments in a stationery shop. Revisiting it with figurines so to create new balls, was my favourite past time. Then I sent it out so somebody else could play with it and invent brand new stories. Choosing the decorations for the annual Christmas tree was an apotheosis of memories, not to mention the supermoon of December that crowned it all! This © hristmas Carol is not for sale, but perhaps everybody can create his/her own moment of happyness, being inspired by the selection of trunks, basic foliage, hearts or tops of my tree.
October is always a special time for me: memories are revived and take new shapes and perspectives. This year, two main trips occurred: first “Re-vault sTRIP” – already printed in limited editions as a paper-triptych – was sent worldwide in the mailart “calisthenics for the soul”. Second one was the making of “Twin Mother from Udine to Capua”. It’s a portable altar on handmade paper, based on the memory of a 1994 painting dedicated to my mother, enriched with some calligraphic writing at the sides. It will be sent shortly to the Museo Provinciale Campano of Capua, for an exhibition at the Matres Matutae room. All this comes to my mind after having baked a delicious apple cake, that I sprinkled on top with the content of five sugar packets brought from Naples as a keepsake!
“Re-vault sTRIP”, 3 pages leporello cm 10,5 x 29,6, with antefacts and developments of Re-vault, 22 copies in English and 22 in Italian, story on one side and illustrations on reverse, 2016
On San Gennaro Day, I had 22 copies – in English and just as many in Italian – of “Re-vault sTRIP” printed. The instant book consists of a 3 pages leporello, written on one side and fully illustrated on reverse. It’s about the prior history that led to “Re-vault” textile bust, performance and the developments after August 30th. Among these, a selfportrait in Naples, together with a ‘real’ Sheren.
The sTRIPs will soon be sent to mailartists worldwide.
“Che Guevara” booklet is a story from the handmade poster for my teenager bedroom in 1967 through a nightime move in 1972 … to the constant research of freedom up to day. The booklet, handmade and printed in 22 copies is enriched with a rubberstamp of CG, 10 July 2016
This July 2016 my house has ceased, at dusk, to look like the one painted by Magritte in “L’Empire des Lumières” in 1954 (my birth year). The street-lamps have been substituted: the big ball that used to light the façade from the middle has been replaced with led lamps on higher stems.
In the meantime I started to work on Arcan #16 that I have provisionaly named “Re-vault” . It’s a soft textile bust of Sky and Sea that I am preparing for a performance for the twenty years from the death of Goliarda Sapienza, the author of “The Art of Joy”. She will be remembered in Gaeta on August 30th. “Re-vaults” features the night heaven with Antares of Scorpio and the theme of fertility underneath. It continues and widens the work on the Tarots.
A series of 22 little instant books about “Che Guevara” with original rubberstamps in it, is also ready. These follows the booklet “LC: Laura Cristin for Letizia Comba” that was given out at London Biennale opening in Rome and through the mailart.
Around the 22 of July, in coincidence with the 80th B.day of my friend Dawn Redwood, I will renew my pilgrimage to London. This time, the Brex-it broke my memory of the first imprintings of freedom received there, in the ’70ies. Though, I will get acquainted with the community center of Kingsley Hall where Letizia Comba met Ronald Laing. There, in the place run by the Leisters since the early ‘900, the heaven has seen many peaceful artenative revolts even before the psychiatric one, like the suffragettes’ or the march of hunger. Mahatma Gandhi stayed there for 12 weeks.
link to the video of Dawn Redwood’s B.day at https://youtu.be/yJKAblzMU_0
The latest participation in London Biennale opening in Rome with disc-performance-video has continued through the snail mail. On 18th May, 33 postcards Palmanova-Rome were sent from Sempeter in Slovenia, worldwide. Each one had a card of Rome (ATC 41 series)in the rear, supposed to be lifted by the addressee so to disclose a personal message written in calligraphy, with different colours of ink.
Link of the video “For Letizia Comba” that was presented in Rome at studio RO.MI:
Video of the giving a platinum record to Raffaella Losapio, at London Biennale in Rome at this link: https://youtu.be/ckBuH-kLAHk
Artist Trading Cards 41 for London Biennale opening in Rome: disc, oil on vinyl, 1968-2016, poster for performance “hell-HEAL-hill”, ph. L. Maria Mino and photo of Rome by Laura Cristin
In the first days of May I will take part in London Biennale opening in Rome, with a disc, a performance and a video.
On May 1st, from 17:00, at Studio.ra in via Platino 1 F, I will donate to Raffaella Losapio 1 of the 4 revisitated copies of the original vinyl recorded in Rome in ’68, for the 10th anniversary of her gallery; then I will participate in Reynolds’ performance “Emergency Room” by drawing a Chemo Dragon Chimera on her breast.
On May 2nd, from 17:00 at Valle della Caffarella, the main performance “hell-HEAL-hill” will take place: I will go back to my first time in Rome, in January ’68, so to make a synchronisation/syncopation in theme with this year’s LB of David Medalla.
On May 3rd, from 18:00 at Studio RO.MI in via Vetulonia, 55, the video “for Letizia Comba (1932-2000)” who was on the train with me in ’68, will be shown among the selection.
A series of ATCards with full detail of each day has been made and will be given out to LB participants and to the audience.
Full program in http://www.studiora.eu/2016/05/01/program-of-london-biennale-2016-in-rome-press-release/
In early March, I received 5 drawings from women of Dozza jail of Bologna, as part of the mail art programme conducted by Piero Barducci. I was asked to make an art intervention and to send them back. These will be exhibited along with the originals and the other ones involved in the project. Since all of them represented chopped off flowers in vase, it was easy to add a wider context with elements of alive nature, along with the idea “there’s life in my heart”. The technique of collage and rubberstamping was used.
Interventions with the technique of collage and rubberstamping on 5 drawings from women of Dozza jail.
Today I sent to (mailart) friends worldwide 1 parcel and 26 letters of various sizes. I sent them all from a village in Slovenia (just across Basaglia’s Park in Gorizia) where postage rates are cheaper than in Italy. The ‘Xmas affair has kept me busy in the last weeks. Just by doing – a little, but different thought for each one of the adressees – a more complex project took shape. Will be fully documented in the “Works” section shortly.