When science cloned the Dolly sheep, I wrote to Prof. Ernst H. Gombrich (the greatest art historian of the world at the time) asking him to allow me to call him “grandfather” and I told him that instead of the sheep they would have to clone his brain.
Gombrich, over ninety years old, replied from London, in perfect Italian and with his immense modesty, telling me that his brain was not so important. Since then we became grandfather and granddaughter and he tied us a good correspondence, with letters that I still have. I … the false nephew of the great Gombrich! I could not believe. Yet it was true. It was enough to write to him and he always replied. Until the end.
My professional experience has followed the same crazy spirit in the wake of my passions. It began with the study of nineteenth-century Sicilian painting.
My mentor was the gallery owner Luigi Ceresia of the La Persiana art gallery in Palermo.
Thanks to him I begin to know the art and understand the pictorial brush strokes of artists such as Leto or Lojacono. I soon became a publicist and correspondent for the Giornale dell’Arte in Turin.
I also start to experience contemporary art directly. Being an instinctive I like the relationship with the material and with a quick gesture linked to the inner feeling.
I create works inspired by Lucio Fontana and Burri and I also experiment with a new Pop Art.
I participate in various group shows.
In the end I landed in photography.
I had well-known teachers and I participate in the Letizia Battaglia competitions. I really like the architectural photography that allowed me to discover my Palermo through the eyes of a tourist.
I found a style of my own that gives me many moments of contemplation and solitude. I love to photograph baroque sculptures or masks that decorate the stately buildings of my city. I like to perceive their silences as consequences of mysterious spells and think about how many things they have seen from those balconies in all these years.
I add my post production with Photoshop to everything and I like to overdo it. I’m basically like this: extreme.
My works are unique and completed with a hand-made bizarre. I always finish them with a unique touch, which confirms their uniqueness.