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 The front of the refrigerator portrays the mysterious episode of the Rape of the Sabine Women: after the founding of Rome, the unmarried shepherds who were the first inhabitants of the city invited the neighboring Sabine tribe to the celebrations of the god Consus and then kidnapped the women. Thus began a long war from which Rome emerged victorious, which then led to the merger of the Sabines with the Romans. In the upper part is St. George, patron saint of knights and carters, intent on slaying the dragon. One side panel depicts the epic scene of the siege of Judica Castle. On the other side we find Guido di Santacroce and Leondoro battling the army of Roget at Constantinople: Guido is identified by the emblem of the cross, while Leondoro has a golden lion on his helmet. Painted on the top is the star rosette typical of Sicilian cart decoration.