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DAY 12 OF 21 DAY EXPERIENCE OF WOMAN IN ABAYA

Since today is the anniversary of the Saudi Arabia's royal decree allowing the government to issue drivers license to women, and I'm in Watkins Glen (car racing capital) , it is also a good day to  pay tribute to a woman’s right to drive her own car; say what she needs to say; stand up for herself and her country.

Day 11 of 21 Day Experience of Woman in Abaya

A busload of Chinese tourists at a Massachusetts rest stop were trying so hard to buy chicken nuggets and hamburgers and I decided to help them out with pictures and sign language.

Day 10 of 21 Day Experience of Woman in Abaya

Not many people know much about Muslim women and their garments. Most of us think it is an ancient way to dress. In fact it is not. The outfit I am wearing, and the full black ‘cage’ is a new fashion in Middle East. Prior to the late 70s, early 80s women were not required to wear the body covering garment. They might wear head covering as simple as a scarf and dressed modestly.  The change came when the religious fundamental cleric class made the laws regarding women’s clothing.

Day 9 of 21 Day Experience of Woman in Abaya

During my subway ride, a woman stared at me as if i were an insect. When I got up to leave she followed my movement out with her eyes and even turned around and looked at me through the window as the train pulled away, as if she wanted to be sure I was gone.

DAY 8 OF 21 DAY EXPERIENCE OF WOMAN IN ABAYA- Logistics

Today, at the subway station, had to deal with the logistics of wearing abaya--like how to keep hem clean, how not to get it caught in the elevator steps and how to hold onto the veil when its slip sliding off the head.

DAY 7 OF 21 DAY EXPERIENCE OF WOMAN IN ABAYA

Our instincts push us towards the comfortable.  And I think that seeking to be comfortable can be dangerous. I am an artist, and a good one. If I stayed in a comfort zone, I might be making a different kind of art, a polite art. That’s not my intention: there are enough people doing nice art. I’d rather provoke thinking rather than feeling.

DAY 6 OF 21 DAY EXPERIENCE OF WOMAN IN ABAYA

You just can’t keep a girl away from her tools and her power of observation. It's really hitting home that people don’t pay much attention to what’s going on around them. I suppose this human condition is what criminals, terrorists, and cheaters count on: operating in the realm of other’s unawareness.

DAY 4 OF 21 DAY EXPERIENCE OF WOMAN IN ABAYA.

When a woman in an Abaya is seen on the street with a man let’s assume everyone figures he is related to her and that the man is Muslim...and if he is Muslim, he is the person who has requested his wife, daughter, sister cover her body in public.

Day 3 of 21 Day Experience of Woman in Abaya

I stated Day 3 feeling a bit like an interloper until two women said "excuse me" in Arabic as they brushed past me and their polite, expressed respect, and kindness made me cowgirl-up, shifting my mood.

Day 1 of 21 Day Experience as Woman in Abaya

New England artist Christine Palamidessi shares experience of wearing abaya, a garment that evokes a particular sensation and mind-set, a way of looking and being looked at--owning the gaze.

JAEL KILLS SISERA

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.

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

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.

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.

Backside of Yoga Sculptures: an armature

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.

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