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I can’t help but think we all know we are artists by the time we’re 4 or 5. We feel like outsiders, witnesses, people who respond to color, to sounds, breath, perhaps to past lives. That awareness compelled me to learn the skills–and be good at them–that I would need to create a life in the arts.

AN ARTIST SPEAKS ABOUT SELF-CENSORSHIP

Art is supposed to get people to think about what’s going on, around them. How are people going to become aware if their country's artist self-censor?

Senator Elizabeth Warren Rides the Chariot of Victory to Silence

Artist takes the reader through the steps in artistic process: going from Greek Goddess of Victory, which was an investigation of antiquity vs. modern life; to hearing news about the silencing of Senator Elizabeth Warren in the US Senate; to sewing Nike's lips shut; to dropping a black hood over the head of the goddess and exploring the silencing effect of a black hood.

ENCOMPASSING INVISIBLE ENERGIES

When I was artist-in-residence in the town of Otranto, Italy, I became intensely attracted to the Ottoman weapons (Cannonballs everywhere!) perhaps because my father and uncles had been in the armed service by the sea--Iwo Gima, Siege of Rome, Battle of Dunkirk, the Philippines-- and this combination of sensations and memories called me to make art from the weapons.

Making Sculpture from Ancient Weapon

The bombards, cast from bronze, hurled huge stone balls, weighing up to 1,500 pounds, several miles. After one shot, the barrel had to be cooled in oil to be fired again. The cooling process took over two hour and was frustratingly slow.

Casting Cannonballs from 1480 Siege of Italy

To capture the essence of war in her sculptures, artist Christine Palamidessi used weapons from the 1480 siege of Italy.

about Otranto Cannonballs SILENT.SILENCE.SILENCED. Violence and Consequent Art

It was a conceptual idea that lead the artist to cast the cannonballs form the 1480 Ottoman siege of Otranto Castle: to embrace not only the texture of the cannonball but also to capture the essence of the weapon, the energy embedded within the material, and to transfer that energy into her sculptures

5 Things to Know about Designing an Art Exhibit Post Card

Tips for making a postcard to announce your upcoming art exhibit.

Why Did She Choose Ceilbacy?

In 230 AD Christian mysticism allowed women to choose celibacy and therefore free themselves from the evil, excessive, falling-apart-chaotic era of The Roman Empire; life became an either-or choice.

THE GODS ARE UNHAPPY: DECIUS’S EDICT

In 250AD the Emperor Decius decided starvation, lack of public morality, and war was not causing problems in Rome, rather the problems had arisen because the gods had abandoned Rome. Therefore, citizens needed to demonstrate their piety by sacrificing and animal.

MENDING BROKEN HEARTS AND ART

To make the Broken Heart prints, I collapsed a 3-D heart sculpture that I made out of paper and used the collapsed heart as a collagraph plate before stitching story onto the paper with silk threads.

A FEW THINGS ABOUT VESTAL VIRGINS

While tracking down the thread of S. Vittoria, a Late Antiquity Roman saint, it helps to look at the historical and psychological aspects of the Vestal Virgins.

BREAKING FREE OF TIME AND SPACE( Following Santa Vittoria)

Time and Space disappear when following the trail of Late Antiquity woman, S. Vittoria.

Stitching on Monoprints

Taking an additional step: adding stitching thread, gold leaf and text to a mono print.

The Darker Side of the Artist’s Psyche

In- process, the artist discovers images and meaning that are not the original intent.

The Pandora Light

The Pandora Light is fashioned from sidewalk print of the Harvard Science Center.; the outside walls are painted with sea creatures, the perceived underworld; the inside is painted with images of germs, the unseen underworld.

The Prometheus Lights

The Prometheus Lights are made from sidewalk prints of the sidewalks around the Harvard University Science Center at the foot of Oxford and Kirkland Streets in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

THE PROMETHEUS MYTH : Exhibiting the Lights

Prometheus stole a gleaming ember from a sacred hearth on OYLMPUS and carried it down to earth so that humans could have fire, giving them not only warmth and safety but also the gift of science, because now they could dream and imagine.

What Goes Inside The Prometheus Light Installation to Make It Work

Wondering what goes on behind the artwork in The Prometheus Lights--carpentry, elecricity-- that holds it on the walls and lights up like the fire within us all?

more ABOUT MAKING “STREET” LIGHTS FROM SIDEWALK PRINTS

After making plaster casts of the sidewalks with fascinating patterns; sidewalks where Nobel Prize winning scientists as well as science students marched and pondered,  I let the plaster  dry in the summer sun. Plaster cures as it dries and becomes stronger,... Continue Reading →

MAKING SIDEWALK CASTS IN CAMBRIDGE MASSACHUSETTS

Cambridge artist noticed the patterns in sidewalk near Harvard University Science Center and set out to make street art from them.

Pernambuco Blue Pineapple

Wall sculpture pineapple is Sacred artistic container for the Divine, a firm-fleshed juicy Brazilian fruit, and an avatar to keep away demons.

HERMAPHRODITE SCULPTURE IN PROCESS

The artist's 'how-to' for making an Aphrodite sculpture by joining two torso's, male and female, using arte povera technique of cartapesta and plaster.

Series of summer watercolors done in-and-around Rome, Italy.

WOW Cross-Dressing Installation in Boston

Meret Oppenheim is supposed to have described her famous Objet (Le Déjeuner en Fourrure-1936 ), the fur-covered cup, saucer and spoon, as “the image of femininity imprinted in the minds of men and projected on to women.” Samantha Marder’s BENT ... Continue Reading →

Grandmothers

Public art monument in Boston celebrates Grandmother love.

INDEXICALITY: Pulling Plaster Cast from Mother Mold

To date I have cast over 50 yogi teacher torsos. My intention is to capture inner energy, breath and the atman of the teacher. It is an ongoing project. This atman, (inner body /inner self)  imprints the plaster of the mother... Continue Reading →

TIME, BREATH AND EVIDENCE installation

Time Breath and Evidence is a multi-sensory sculptural installation that gives expression to the inescapable adventure of human mutuality. It begins as frontal torso casts of twelve American yogi. The plaster casts are gently highlighted with ritual colors from India, then... Continue Reading →

MAN WITHOUT CAT

ONE DAY I SAW THIS MAN IN OTRANTO. A WONDERFUL GREY CAT SAT ON HIS LAP. I ASKED IF I COULD TAKE A PICTURE. HE TOSSED THE CAT OFF HIS LAP.

BRAZILIAN ARTIST DOES TORSO

Romero Britto is a Brazilian Neo-pop artist, painter, serigrapher, and sculptor. He combines elements of cubism, pop art and graffiti painting in his work.  I was happy to find this on line and filled with camaraderie for fellow artist who... Continue Reading →

Art As A Spiritual Practice

I am an artist and yoga teacher. My yoga practice keeps my interior world polished, so, as the Upanishads say, as to be ready for lightening when it strikes. Yoga came to me to support the artist. The artist in me existed long before the yogini.

CANNONBALLS & WORLD NEWS

Preview of Christine Palamidessi's cannonball pastels on painted pages of La Gazetta and La Repubblica.

SEPARATION OF GAIA AND URANUS

When Gaia separated from Uranus, the conditions of the world as we know it came into being. Otranto Castle installation portrays this moment.

CASTLE OF OTRANTO CANNONBALL INSTALLATION

Visually visit Christine Palamidessi's ongoing cannonball installation at Castle of Otranto.

Tortoise torso wall sculpture molded on body of Brazilian woman.

The first Pineapple Torso sculpture by Christine Palamidessi.

Yogi Sculpture with Pune Belts

Sculpture--also a piece of wearable art-- pays homage to Japanese fashion, Pune yoga and Greek ideals.

World Cup Supplies from Brazil

Fernanda de Oliviiera, Brazilian TV personality and children's book author, sent this news regarding World Cup controversy in Brazil to artist Christine Palamidessi.

WEARABLE BREASTPLATE for Yogi Project

Jesa Damora models Yogi breastplate, a promotional art garment for Time, Breath & Evidence installation created by artist Christine Palamidessi.

Commissioned Wearable Plaster Breastplate ( not in use) hangs on gallery wall.

HARNESS FOR WEARABLE BREASTPLATE

Wearable breastplate ( also Yoga art continues in construction) and here we see harness specs for wearable breastplate.

BEGINNING JESA’S Wearable Art BREASTPLATE

commissioned art: FITTING FOR Wearable Art TORSO BREASTPLATE which will be worn over a dress.

OMPHALE, Queen of Lydia

Sculpture depicting Omphale, the Queen of Lydia who owned Hercules as a slave for two years and during that time the strongest man in the world was temporarily free of his identity as the greatest of all heroes.

ORPHAO, a.k.a. Lil Wayne

Description of a Rap and Roll sculpture dedicated to Orpheus, the Greek God of Music, whose kindred spirit Palamidessi visually associated with American Rap Artist Lil Wayne.

“HARMONY” at Alpers Gallery

Sculptural torso to be shown in Alpers Gallery, Andover, MA

Backside of Yoga Sculptures: an armature

Artist shows three-steps ( strengthen, preserve integrity, provide hook for hanging) on the backside of torso sculpture.

Disappointing: Sophie Calle at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

At the Sophie Calle's Last Seen exhibit at Boston's Gardner Museum the very large, gold-framed "word posters" suck all the energy out of the nearby equally-sized gold-framed images of empty framed art.

Palamidessi's Yogi project captures breath. here she pulls plaster torso out of mold of yoga teacher's torso.

Casting Yoga Teacher Torso

Yoga teacher is in state of deep relaxation as Palamidessi cast's her torso with intention of capturing movement of breath.

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