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 Represented on the front of this fridge is the battle of Roncesvalles, the best known and also the most fearfully anticipated moment for the audience of the puppet theatre: the defeat of Charlemagne’s army by the Saracens. Looming over the scene is the Trinacria, from the Greek “treis”(three) and “àkra” (promontories), the symbol of Sicily. The face pictured in the centre is that of Medusa, a figure from Greek mythology, who is said to still live in the grottoes of Acitrezza. One of the sides is painted with prevalently geometrical decorations, typical of carts of Palermo, graced by images of the sun, the moon and plant motifs. On the opposite side, against a background of an encampment, the Saracens lay siege to the castle. Among them are two recurring figures in the puppet theatre: Orontes of Morocco and the German general Sciandivaude, engaged in a fight to the death. On top of the refrigerator is the typical wheel of the Catanian cart, adorned with flowers, fruit and puppet heads.