Earlier this year, ceramic artists and friends Angelica and Daniel came to visit in Siem Reap ( see blog post dated March 26th). This summer it was my turn to visit them at their home in Avellino, Italy, and spend some time at their studio.
Angelica is currently working on a private comission as well as continuing to work on the Swirl, Seaforms and Barnacles series. Her work is very organic and tactile, it appeals to the senses. The swirl series in particular embodies movement, and I just wanted to get up close, observe and touch, as if watching a living breathing creature.
Daniel's recent work revolves around skulls. Having a biology and earth science teacher for a mother, he has always been interested in nature, from fossils, to animal skeletons.
"People's reactions to having bones and skulls in the house are usually of disgust and an overall inability to appreciate the beauty of the object... these often carry a negative connotation being associated with death"
Daniel is proposing them as wall hangings or decorative art in an attempt to force the viewer into questioning the widely accepted mundane idea of beauty.
It was a real treat spending time with Angelica & Daniel. They were both very generous with their time and spirit. There was a lot of talk of food obviously, with trips to the market, and a personal guided tour of Napoli! And what they say is true, the best pizza can only be found in Napoli...
For more information about there work, please visit www.angelicatulimiero.com and www.danielcavey.com