Walking through the central streets of Catania, it is almost impossible not to be drawn into a fascinating artisan workshop. Welcome to the small and charming kingdom of Adriana and Tiziana, mother and daughter, brought together by an incredible passion for the land they were born and raised in. Born respectively in 1977 and 1950, both Sicilian and both from, Catania, they work together in a volcanic symbiosis, forming an explosive couple. They work hard and devotion for their craft and maintain their sense of humility at the same time. United by a healthy and entertaining sense of irony, their secret is their love for Sicily, for culture, tradition and, naturally, for the art of the Pupi. The age-old culture of the carts, an important part of Sicilian “architecture”, is a source of endless inspiration for them. Adriana made her first Sicilian Pupo in miniature more than thirty years ago. It was her passion for art that led her to exhibit her works around the world. With art hard-wired into her, Tiziana was inspired by her mother and decided to create something new, a unique artisanal object, artistic transpositions of Sicily. They study the history of Sicilian art day after day and invent new ways of telling its story.
Enamel, 60 x 151 x 68.2 cm Depicted on the front of this refrigerator is a battle between the Saracens and the Sicilians, who defend their coast. For decades the Saracens raided and sacked its cities and villages before launching the proper conquest of the island in 827 AD, ultimately to be expelled by the Normans in 1091 with the capture of Palermo. Painted on one side are hanging puppets, while the other side is decorated with a detail of a Sicilian cart celebrating the landing at Marsala of the Expedition of the Thousand led by Garibaldi. On top is a landscape with Mt. Etna, known also in local parlance as "Idda", meaning "She", a testament to the love and the respect for the volcano in the popular culture of Catania.