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.
60 x 151 x 68.2 cm Cart paintings also draw inspiration from the magnificent Byzantine mosaics in the ecclesiastical and private buildings of Sicily dating back to the Middle Ages. Christ Pantocrator, reproduced in the upper register of the door of this refrigerator, is inspired by the extraordinary apse mosaic in the Cathedral of Cefalù. A Madonna and Child Enthroned occupies the middle register, while the geometric patterns of the lower part are a tribute to the wooden ceilings carved by Arab artists in the Palatine Chapel in Palermo. Adam and Eve, modelled after the mosaic in the Cathedral of Monreale, are painted on one of the sides. The other side presents a baroque frieze with the figures of two dancers, a reinterpretation of the frescoes in the Pompeii Room of the Norman Palace in Palermo. The top depicts a Byzantine rose window from the colonnade of Monreale Cathedral, a fitting conclusion to this celebration of Sicilian architecture.