Christine Palamidessi, author and writer, works mainly with paper, making sculptures, prints, paintings, and books. She studied cartapesta in Lecce, Italy, with Claudio Riso, and mask making in Venice. Both these techniques rely on a very practiced skill of layering paper in a mold and then embedding the paper with hardening agents. Using traditional cartapesta, which in most circles is considered a craf , Palamidessi creates contemporary artistic sculptures inspired by classical form and yoga. Palamidessi evolved into a sculptress by writing on three dimensional objects that were the same size as a computer screen. ” After the internet took over the writing profession and we were no longer handling paper and ink, I began to yearn for a tactile medium,” she said.
Palamidessi is a published author. Her novels “The Virgin Knows” and “The Fiddle Case” explore similar emotions as her artwork: religion, violence, culture, and family. For ten years she taught writing at Boston University, where she earned a Phd and a MFA. During the 80s she worked as a video and film editor at “New Video” magazine, wrote for Andy Warhol’s “Interview” , interviewed scores of filmmakers and had a column in New Woman magazine.
“Writing is certainly an important to me. However, at a certain point I was strongly called to the visual arts, particularly sculpture, to my early training in this profession,” she said. “My yoga practice influenced the career change; it keeps the internal emptiness polished and still and ready to grab inspiration, form, and color as if it were lightening.”