Looking for the gastronomical feast in the not far from our home town, Cava dei Tirreni, I found an interesting exhibition. The municipality asked the local artist, Tamigi Elia to present her new works.
Elia dedicates her talent to the womenand to the place of the woman in the society, particularly. She says, the woman is similar to the dolls she plays from her first years of life with. And, growing, she becomes a puppet for other persons: her father, her husband, the society. That is why, the objects in this exposition have this special "taste". And, when I asked Elia to pose with her favourite work, she choose the puppet (that seems to me in a sense similar to the author).
You will remember that I just dedicated different posts to the same problem and this exhibition is a logical continuation of my point of view.
MY favourite was this "sculpture" that I want to imitate in my house, too. You will maybe not believe but all the face of the doll is painted with... needles! Those for a dressmaker. If you'll look carefully, you will see them on the collar.
My friends like this other figure. This is the neapolitan mask, a symbol of the region created (the mask) in XVII century approssimatively and normally represented by a man-jester. The name of the mask is Pulcinella. If you will visit Naples and Campania, you will find the little pulcinella-toys everywhere.
This work represents the chanting Pulcinella-female (!) that is pregnant, too.
There are different explanations of the name of the mask in internet, but I think it's about the poor people, that were "full of fleas" of maybe that remembers the flea markets (fleas="pulci" in Italiano).
And finally Elia Tamigi and her favourite woman-puppet.