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 The puppet theatre and the cart are two of the best-known traditions of Sicilian culture. The front of this refrigerator depicts in great detail a famous episode from the puppet theatre: against the backdrop of a majestic castle, Corradino and Bagail rout the army of Zanclea. The detail of the wheel of a Catanian cart is painted on one side in an explosion of colour, while Orlando’s triumph over Ferraù is portrayed on the opposite side. The top is decorated with the head of horse caparisoned with feathers, colourful trimmings and “ciancianedde” (Sicilian bells).