A silk-stitched monoprint , inlaid with copper, tells the story of Biblical heroine Jael who drove a tent stake through the Canaanite general Sisera's skull while he slept in her tent.
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.
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.
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.
To capture the essence of war in her sculptures, artist Christine Palamidessi used weapons from the 1480 siege of Italy.
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
In- process, the artist discovers images and meaning that are not the original intent.
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 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.
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.
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?
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 →
Cambridge artist noticed the patterns in sidewalk near Harvard University Science Center and set out to make street art from them.
Wall sculpture pineapple is Sacred artistic container for the Divine, a firm-fleshed juicy Brazilian fruit, and an avatar to keep away demons.
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.
Public art monument in Boston celebrates Grandmother love.
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 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 →
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.
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.
Preview of Christine Palamidessi's cannonball pastels on painted pages of La Gazetta and La Repubblica.
When Gaia separated from Uranus, the conditions of the world as we know it came into being. Otranto Castle installation portrays this moment.
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.
Sculpture--also a piece of wearable art-- pays homage to Japanese fashion, Pune yoga and Greek ideals.
Fernanda de Oliviiera, Brazilian TV personality and children's book author, sent this news regarding World Cup controversy in Brazil to artist Christine Palamidessi.
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.
Wearable breastplate ( also Yoga art continues in construction) and here we see harness specs for wearable breastplate.
commissioned art: FITTING FOR Wearable Art TORSO BREASTPLATE which will be worn over a dress.
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.
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.
Artist shows three-steps ( strengthen, preserve integrity, provide hook for hanging) on the backside of torso sculpture.
Palamidessi's Yogi project captures breath. here she pulls plaster torso out of mold of yoga teacher's torso.
Yoga teacher is in state of deep relaxation as Palamidessi cast's her torso with intention of capturing movement of breath.
White plaster cast impression of female torso. Skin pattern and breath imprinted on sculpture.
] Frances Jakubek, Associate Director of Griffin Museum of Photography, is taking a look at Christine Palamidessi's sculpture OMPHALE, QUEEN OF LYDIA.