By Adrian Camilleri
from the ‘The Madonna’
The Makerie Studio
photography by Luke Kirwan
This core theme surrounds the Madonna and her desolate heart; she is within reach of this symbol of love, but irreconcilably set apart from it, forever confined to a half life, maybe even a preserved death.
by Livio Scarpella
The work of Italian contemporary artist Livio Scarpella turns good and evil into delicacy. This group of sculptures, named “Ghosts Underground”, depicts lost souls anguishing beneath the effect of a thin veil. Scarpella’s interest in this subject was inspired by a trip to the Sansevero Chapel in Naples, home to Antonio Corradini’s “Veiled Christ”. Before that time, he mostly exhibited paintings for a decade. By mixing influences of Rococo sculptors like Corradini with modern iconography, Scarpella explores a struggle with religious faith. He couples his “blessed” and “damned” figures with light and dark colored mineral rocks, like amethyst and quartz, inside the chest. They are hardened hearts that embody the ghost hidden within.
Jeff Buckley – Lover, you should’ve come over.
A masterpiece…’Broken down and hungry for your love with no way to feed it where are you tonight, child you know how much I need it..’…Sublime.