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Art Residency in Italy « MAD Blog
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Art Residency in Italy

Before I left New York I visited a psychic, and was allowed to ask three questions. One was how to best to prepare for my art residency in Italy. The response was to be”self sufficient”. From past trips to Italy I remember things simply go slowly in this part of the world, and I fully prepared for this.I left JFK airport two weeks ago with 50 pounds of luggage and a carry on suitcase of 20 pounds of glass to be fully self sufficient.

Hello, Joseph Cavalieri here, I was fortunate enough to spend a few summer months in 2010 at the at MAD’s Open Studios program, and I am happy to be able to repost. Currently I am in the middle of an Art Residency in Calabria, Italy. It is for Italian-American artists. I am one of five artists chosen for this “Lo Studio dei Nipoti” which is situated in the Medieval hilltop town of Monasterace, Calabria. My home base of New York City feels like a distant memory.

PROPOSAL
My proposal is to create very graphic, glass posters, celebrating Italian film and music stars from the past. From Sofia Loren to Mina, I truly love the characters and styling of this era and stars. I want to present them in a new colorful yet classy way, honoring them in glass, so they never will be forgotten. I normally use a kiln in my work, but decided on a new process of layered photos and glass. Much prep work was done in New York.

I am also presenting beginner glass workshops during this time. You can see some designs in the photos here. The work measures about 8 inches square.

RESIDENCY
I learned there were many reasons behind creating this residency, the main reason is to bring life back to this dying village. I have been told there have only been 7 births in this town in the last 10 years, and recently the female Mayor was shot at by the Mafia. She survived. So into this odd culture come five artists from America. Some things have gone wrong and some wonderful thing have already happened.

I will be adding more to this blog as this residency continues.

 

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