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Patrizia Italiano

Palermo, Italy

"Handmade contemporary ceramic in Sicily"
Patrizia Italiano lives in Sicily, between the sea of the Aeolian islands and the town of Palermo. Filicudi is for her an endless source of inspiration and research. Pottery has always been her passion. Manual labour and creativity have guided her throughout her life. Since a very young age, Patrizia has exhibited her work around the world, in places such as Milan, New York, Tokyo and the Emirates. Following a long period of inactivity, she has just begun working again as an artist and artisan, and has set up an independent studio in Palermo. Her talent and creativity are evident in each exquisite piece of artwork. Her greatest passions, clay and the sea, follow her everywhere and forever. The magical island of Filicudi, to which she is hopelessly devoted, is her life's accomplice - she carries within her its colours, smells, landscapes and sunsets; its old, stone-paved paths and dry-stone walls; its green-blue sea that evokes submerged worlds of fish, crabs, coral, sea shells, dolphins... She gives life to her sculptures - of mermaids and the heads of market vendors;they are imbued with her Sicily. Mermaids are the archetype par excellence of femininity: strong and alluring, seductive and often destructive, but sweet and passionate creatures. The “vendors of Sicily" collection springs from her love for Palermo, particularly its food markets with their colours, smells, tastes and sights to enlighten all senses. It recalls centuries of culture and history, transposed in a contemporary and ironic way.




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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"I would love to believe that the people who buy and use my pottery and my creations could hear the ancient voice of Sicily, the history that pervades the island; and that by looking at and touching them, they could lose themselves in this ancient and fascinating world of mine. The chaos and the silence, the culture, the beauty and the decadence – all the contradictions which characterise my world and live inside me."
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What funny moments, unexpected surprises, or obstacles have you encountered?

"The work of an artisan is often full of bureaucratic hurdles and legal entanglements related to the workplace. I shut down my first enterprise ten years ago – swamped, like many others, by the 2008/2009 financial crisis. Now, after a long break, I have opened a studio. Governments should put mechanisms in place to support artists and their activities, which contribute so much to the culture of a place and make it unique. There cannot be a true identity for the people without artists and craftsmen."
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