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River Sculpture

Christine Palamidessi

United States


Size: 17 W x 12 H x 4 D in

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There is a very visceral feel to this wall sculpture. The route of a rover along the topography of a female torso provokes feelings of life as well as the energetic elements that course through our body and a continent. River is ready to hang in your bedroom, office or shop. Would look particularly beautiful in a wood paneled library or office.

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Sculpture:Found Objects on Paper

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Size:17 W x 12 H x 4 D in

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From a very young age art excited me in an important way. No one in my family was an artist, though there was plenty of singing, and a typical spare Tuscan aesthetic sense surrounded us all. When I was 7, I was awarded a scholarship to the children’s art program at Carnegie Mellon University/Carnegie Museum, where for the next decade I spent Saturday mornings drawing dinosaurs, artifacts, and copying masters. My favorite spot to draw was in the Hall of Sculptures: Egyptian, Near Eastern, Greek, and Roman sculptures displayed in a majestic space, which gave me the sensation of being very small and alive while being enveloped in the presence of whiteness and time. I think experiencing that room instilled a love for antiquities. I can’t help but think we all know we are artists by the time we’re 4 or 5. We feel like outsiders, witnesses, people who respond to color, to sounds, breath, perhaps to past lives. That awareness compelled me to learn the skills--and be good at them--that I would need to create a life in the arts: draw, write, sculpt. Later, I studied filmmaking. I got degrees, I found mentors, I apprenticed with artisans in Italy. Both in writing and my visual art: inspiration starts with a snapshot image and a question. For example: A dream about opening my husband’s ribcage provoked my (many) torso series. I saw the torso opening, like a book. Inside were lights and words--not organs, not blood. A universe inside. Is this where might we carry stories and secrets? What is imprinted on the interior surface of flesh?

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