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Break the Mold is a series of lamps, vases, and photographs which deconstruct and reimagine traditions of craft by subverting the ethos of mass production.
For Break the Mold, I engaged old plaster molds—produced between the 1970s and 1990s—that I found in the basement of my cousin’s ceramics factory. The slip-casting process used for this group of works is common in commercial mass-production, and traditionally yields materials that are sanded and glazed to perfection, every piece precisely mirroring the others. For my series, I disrupted this process by removing the forms prematurely from the plaster molds, before their clay walls were fully hardened, and manually shaped their fragile forms into something unexpected. In this flimsy state, they were poked and prodded out of sameness, forced to stand—if a little clumsily (nobody is perfect)—on their own feet. Each of my works is only truly activated when it comes into contact with light or flowers, or is mirrored through photography.
My work in ceramics springs from a deep familial and cultural history. In the 1950s, my grandparents left Italy for Canada, where my grandfather applied his knowledge of ceramics to making lamps. Growing up, I spent weekends in my grandfather’s and father’s lighting factory, roller-skating down the long hallways lined with fixtures and shades, and playing hide and seek amongst the boxes with my siblings. As a teenager, I spent summers helping out in the factory, and, after college, I moved to New York to work with architects and designers in the lighting industry. Now, retracing my grandfather’s footsteps back to the Italian town of Nove di Bassano almost 70 years after he first left, I am on a journey to create my own clay forms that honor and expand on the craftsmanship and legacy of ceramics in this historic place.
IIIPerformance: The Lamp Lady (Milan Design Week/ Fuorisalone 2023)
“Each day of the performance, I will be dressed as a deconstructed lamp: donning a unitard of different colors with various lampshades, and holding an illuminated light bulb in my hand. I envision each of my lamps as their own unique characters, and by embodying them, I bring them to life and enter into a new kind of dialogue with my work. As I make my way from the art museum Pinacoteca di Brera to different areas of the city, I will invite onlookers to join me in traversing the streets, integrating the performance into the public sphere amongst the people who live there.”
We begin at 19:00 in front of Pinacoteca di Brera and walk to Duomo di Milano
We begin at 19:00 in front of Pinacoteca di Brera and walk to Duomo di Milano and walk to Bar Basso
We begin at 19:00 in Central Station and walk to DropCity
We begin at 19:00 in front of Pinacoteca di Brera and walk to Arco della Pace
** The footage over the four days will become an over hour long video artwork.
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A few series are available for purchase.
Part of the proceeds from each vase, lamp, and photograph sold will be given to The Fondamenta — a project to support the craft of ceramics in the artist’s family’s hometown of Nove di Bassano, Veneto.