STUDIO: 20 Vernon Street, Somerville, MA
Christine Palamidessi is an American sculptor and painter working in Somerville, MA. She studied mask-making and sculpture in Venice, Rome, and Lecce, Italy. Her body crests and breastplates have been on exhibit in Boston’s State House and galleries in Boston, Washington DC, Woodstock, Vermont, Pittsburgh, and Otranto, Italy. “Grandmothers,” her memoir, is engraved on a granite monolith and installed as public art at Jackson Square, on the Orange Line, in Boston. She has degrees in Film and Writing from University of Pittsburgh and a MA in Creative Writing from Boston University. She is author of two novels, has worked as a book and fiction editor, and taught writing and courses in Ethnic Literature at Boston University. She has received numerous awards including a Barbara Demming Award for Women Writers, an UrbanArt award for public art, and a Dante Alighieri Fellowship.
Palamidessi, a devoted yoga practitioner, wants viewers to see how her imprint-based sculptures capture not only form and the beauty of her subjects but also their atman–or energy. In addition to Brazilian women and Yoga teachers Palamidessi has cast the cannonballs ( from the 1480 Turkish invasion) in the courtyard of the Castle of Otranto.
You can take a look at sculptures at: www.palamidessi.com
PRIOR TO WORKING IN THE VISUAL ARTS, I HAD A CAREER AS A WRITER. YOU CAN READ ABOUT THE SWITCHER-OONEE HERE:
My two novels, The Virgin Knows ( 1995/2008) and The Fiddle Case (2008) are about art and the collision of the past with the present–VERY SIMILAR TO MY WORK AS A VISUAL ARTIST. I taught writing at Boston University for 13 years.
With Carol Bonomo Albright, I am editor of American Woman, Italian Style (2010). My writing is is many anthologies, some of which are Our Roots Are Deep with Passion, Don’t Tell Mama and Wild Dreams. I work as an editor at the academic journal, Italian Americana.
I earned a BA in Film and Writing at University of Pittsburgh and was a founding member of the Franklin Pangborn Film Club. Working as a journalist in New York City during the 80s, I covered film and the emerging video industry for publications such as as Andy Warhol’s Interview, Soho News, and New Video and New Woman magazines. In 1984 I was one of the first journalists to interview Itaiian playwright, and later Nobel prize winner, Dario Fo when the United States Department of State finally admitted him into the US.
In Boston, I worked producing plays with the Nucleo Eclettico Theater, and in 1991 got a MA in Creative Writing at Boston University, where I studied with Leslie Epstein, Sue MIller and Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott and Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. I taught writing at BU for13 years.
My memoir “Grandmothers” is engraved on a granite monolith installed at Boston’s Jackson Square subway station