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.
After a while, I went back to colours and brushes. The result is a “TRIP_tych 2008” consisting in a composition of three paintings about art actions that occurred nine years ago in Venice, San Daniele del Friuli and in the gARTen of my house. Find the image at this link:http://www.artwanted.com/imageview.cfm?id=1448373
The bigger piece (“Totem”) can also be considered an homage to Bosch’s “The Souls Ascending the Empyrean”. Last year I made a collage about it, but transforming it in a painting was just another thing! Have a look at the previous collage at http://www.artwanted.com/imageview.cfm?ID=1404714
Then the time came to edit the videos of the two main performances of 2016: “HEALing in Rome” (2nd May at London Biennale opening) and “ReACT and Revault” (30th August in Gaeta). Now both take part in the tenth edition of Magmart video festival. Synopsis can be found at this links:http://www.magmart.it/videos.php?i=3087 and http://www.magmart.it/fullvideo.php?i=3100
On the Day of Saint Valentine, I had completed my submission to Saatchi gallery of London contest “Selfie to self-expression”. I already developed the theme in the Works section in the project “Self portrait”. This time, I had searched into the meaning of that practice, that one way or another, is keeping me busy mostly, along journeys of many kinds. Here are the titles of the photos that you can reach on the link above: “full immersion in the colour of my eyes” (Oceanarium of Valencia, 27 January 2017), “(paper) boat trip from Venice railway station” (impromptu “Isonzo S_core” on 9 October 2010), “Selfie as Sheren in Naples” (Napoli Centrale railway station on 2nd September 2016), “in the sweet heART of Florence” (in a confectionery shop window on 11 November 2011), “in the (Chinese) zodiac as wooden Horse Yang in Padua” (at the Museo del Precinema on 19 March 2014), “the LIGHT of my heart!” (as documenting the new striped curtain and the sacre of the intimacy in Bagnaria Arsa on 4 May 2012).
Left to right clockwise: “Memorie di Fumis Angela 1914-1916″ book 2016; portrait of Angela1914, detail of Tarotensign XII (la)vie by Laura Cristin 2014-15 based on the optical signallers used in the Great War, photo of Angela’s 70 B.day on 10 June 1966 in San Pier d’Isonzo (Gorizia), page from the original diary.
In the last months some relatives-and-not had passed away. So it was good, last December, to have this “Memorie” – a diary of my grandma Angela– printed in 100 copies. According to the wish/interest of my mum Anna (the only daughter still alive), we were kept busy in the last two years, with the transcription of the text featuring the Great War in Staranzano (North-East of Italy) and the profuganza to Intra (Verbania) in 1915-16. The nephew Alice, for the great-grandmother, put it all through, along with my preface and some photo from the family album. This way, the memories will continue to travel. Some copies will be sent to relatives who emigrated in Brazil in 1923. By the way, they kept the original diary as a precious token from Italy, up to 1960.
More in the online version at this link:http://memoriediangela.alicepaviotti.com/
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.
Detail of “oisEAU”, acrylic on canvas and photo of the last ones to leave “La Festa dei Buchi” at Laura Cristin’s home-atelier in Bagnaria Arsa, Udine on 25 October 1998.
On 25 October 1998, at my home/atelier of Bagnaria Arsa, Udine, “La Festa dei Buchi” (The Holes’ Party) occurred. The evening Party was preceded by the Open House “Lo Spazio Violato” (The Violated Space). It all happened exactly one year before the declaration of 25 November as the Day against the Violence towards Women (ONU, 1999). As for my little event – so significant for me – it took place few months after a violation of my art&life. Later I reckoned it as a landmark for my r-evolution. Antefact: in June 1998, while I was on holiday with my family, vandals had stepped into the workroom for a sort-of-not-so-metaphorical-rape of the latest canvases: mostly selfportraits, nudes. Holes were made in correspondance with the erotic point of the body. The precision the holes were made with, declared a fine perversity. Add the fact that I had left the canvases, leaning on the wall, not on display: The (un)knowns had searched for them, taken them out and put them back after the integrations. Written (sexual) insults here and there, clearly directed to me, crowned it all. Since no money or other valuables had been stolen or damaged, it was clear that the target was me. At the discovery of such a mess, returning from Spain, I was shocked, I felt devastated, unwanted by the physical space of the house. I couldn’t even walk in the front courtyard where the vandals had come from. During the following Summer I found the energy to re-act and I re-made – in different sizes – the raped paintings. In the bigger selfportrait, my face came out very sad but some other canvases like “oisEAU” resulted even stronger than the originals.
Then I thought to arrange an event, despite the disapproval and the no helpfullness of some intimate relatives. – What a mess for a childish action! – was the ritornello. From the beginning it seemed that the silence would have been the only accepted no-action. I should have been content enough having made the report against unknowns, which I did soon after the intrusion. Later it was soon dismissed and no results, apart from the note of lawyer’s fees. Unbelievable, as a victim, I was supposed to feel ashamed and guilty! Instead, I had the insolence, the days before “The Holes’ Party”, to personally mail the invitations all around the neighbourhood. I guessed that the author/s of the violence lived not far away since the damaged paintings and busts – part of the latest research on the body, starting from my own – were never exhibited publicly before. I wanted to share the facts with the local community.
The event was well attended. Among others, a group of poets “La Fabbrica dei Sensi” gave an emotional contribution. A journalist wrote an article for the local newspaper and Rita Mascialino an essay. I felt better, supported one way or another. In the following years, I managed to continue on the track of searching into subtle violences, re-volting that energy in positive ways/works. The subsequent art – made out with paintings, busts, Tarots research and performances – perhaps can explain all the journey so far, better than words. At the times it was/is difficult. This type of wounds can produce further damages and one has to be alert, to see beyond the hypocrisy, not to be deceived by whatever a perverse goodness can hide. The balances with the persons really loving you took a hit and everyone suffers, for long time.
I did not repaired the holes – optically irrelevant -. They are still kept in the paintings, leaning on the wall, in the garage, silent but concrete witnesses of such baseness and cowardice. Though they are submerged by new canvases. From “La Festa dei Buchi” I had been rather busy with facing and mending the lacerations of the soul. I had found useful to attend places where humanity is practiced. Along the years, the spaces of the house-atelier were heal-treated by many passages and loving presences. New musics had been played and other stories had been written or painted. Now I walk head-on in the courtyard. A few years ago the culprit has candidly admitted the prank. No excuses.
It is a constant alert not to allow anyone to take advantage and to feel stronger of our weaknesses!Sincere affections will remain strengthened. It is an endless task, but rewarding.
Freedom and Dignity need constant dedication and update.
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.
Poster of “A Corpo Libero” tribute for Goliarda Sapienza in Gaeta, August 30th, 2016.
Card with details of the jeans textile bust “Re-vault”, h 75 cm, mixed tecniques, 2014-’16. Clockwise: Siren’s filling – front view with the moon and the constellation of Scorpio (Antares), uterus and anemones – dolphen, moon and starfish in the back.
On August 30th 2016, in Gaeta (Latina, Italy), from 19:30, at the Terrazza Borbonica in via Bausan 1 (better known as Punta dello Stendardo) “A Corpo Libero”, a tribute for Goliarda Sapienza will take place.
The performance “Re-vault” closes the tribute at 21:00.
Immersed in a nocturnal vault approaching the new moon, a performance for Goliarda starts off. It happens from Gaeta sea, inhabited by Sirens, and so beloved by her.
« What I have thought for you and I will discover on the shore is not a lifeless bust of Sea and Sky. This textile bust/pillow is meant to attract the traces of your memories, fleeting for the most but well evident to the heart of many. It perfumes of liberty and joy and I have named it “Re-vault”, aka Arcana XVI. Once filled with our affinities, with veils/waves along with consonant tunes, it will become a soft pillow to cuddle the revived memories of you. A sort of calisthenics for the soul will take place on August 30th, 2016, exactly twenty years after your departure from this physical world. Forever in our heARTs ».
Laura Cristin Sheren
musics by Dario Della Rossa
Link of “A Corpo Libero”: http://pinacotecagaeta.it/a-corpo-libero-tributo-a-goliarda-sapienza-1926-1996-a-cura-di-stefania-scattina/
“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