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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.

Fake News & the Typewriter

Way back before iPads, etc, just the thought of a journalist, or a writer, taking the seat next to you on a flight cross-country was more than pesky...now inside a sculpture, the type bar fan of the same typewriter illustrates an internal dialogue about journalism and the internet.

Painter Gus Moran talks about art at his exhibit in Otranto Italy. ( 2015)

Book Reviews

I read a lot. Here are reviews of fiction, non-fiction and collections. Many are reviews of translations of books written in Italian. New reviews posted every month.

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.

The Fiddle Case

A coming-of-age novel about two nineteen-year-old women who set out across the country in the summer of 1972, searching for answers about siblings they have lost, love and friendship.Their initial goal is soon overshadowed by the trip itself. Reminiscent of Thelma and Louise.

The Virgin Knows

A thrilling novel about art theft and recovery, but ultimately, a story about many things: sibiling loyalty, passion, nurturing, devotion. Of separation, grief, abandonment and berievement. Of discovery, rediscovery and explorations Of relationships and generations caring for each other

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 →

WRITER AS VISUAL ARTIST: MAKING THE SHIFT

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way — things I had no words for.  ~Georgia O’Keeffe (” Pleasure Principle” pictured, Christine Palamidessi) Since I have been active in both the... Continue Reading →

WHEN IS A PIECE OF SCULPTURE DONE?

An artist never really finishes his work; he merely abandons it. ~Paul Valéry (French French poet, writer, philosopher. 1871-1945 ) In my gut I know when a sculpture is “done” and know that doing one more thing to it will either take... Continue Reading →

She Makes Spinning Mandalas: Marjorie Kaye, Artist

Marjorie Kaye’s sculptures reach out and in and up and beyond. The transcendent stacks of energy are constructed from pieces of plywood, which are cut into shapes with a jig saw, smoothed and then tinted with bold gouache color–or house... Continue Reading →

Dual Engine Art in Boston Gallery

What artist would turn down a second mind, a pair of extra hands, or a person who could stand by their side realizing and making manifest what they themselves were thinking? The Safarani sisters, identical twins Farzaneh and Bahareh, have... 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.

Rachel Shatil Installation at Galatea Gallery in Boston

Rachel Shatil grew up on a kibbutz in Israel. Both of her parents were holocaust survivors. “Life lessons were all about staying alive–not about ambition, career, art, finding love,” she said. “Love was careful, very guarded, because anyone you loved... Continue Reading →

FIVE STEP STRENGTH PREP FOR CHATURANGA DANDASANA

Chaturanga Dandasana is challenging. Many yoga students just collapse, or immediately drop to their knees when faced with this “hovering stick pose.” These 5 steps help build strength and coordination.

BOOK REVIEW (DID THEY KNOW MY HUSBAND GREW UP IN THE BRONX?)

Loved this book and you will too, especially if you have a connection to or friends & family  who lived in The Bronx. It is a delightful collection of memories from the northernmost borough of New York City: the Bronx,... Continue Reading →

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.

WEARABLE ART ON THE FLOOR

Custom-made Plaster breastplate.

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

VIEWING NECTAR THAT FALLS BEHIND THE HEART

Looking inside the human torso at the spiritual entity.

WITH HAVANA ARTIST DANIA FLEITES

Featuring Cuban Artist Dania Fleites, and her lithographs, at work in her Old Havana studio.

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.

Torso Just Pulled from Mold

White plaster cast impression of female torso. Skin pattern and breath imprinted on sculpture.

At Galatea Gallery, Boston.

] Frances Jakubek, Associate Director of Griffin Museum of Photography, is taking a look at Christine Palamidessi's sculpture OMPHALE, QUEEN OF LYDIA.

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