Giochi d’ estate

Underglaze drawing on terracotta tiles. various measures


I have use the traditional terracotta tiles, often found throughout the mediterranean landscape as base from where to explore the territories of play, encounter and creative imagination often found in piazzas and cortiles. For the densely populated cities like  Rome, this space constitutes an extension of the home, a sort of communal ludic room, that gets appropriated mostly by elders and children as a place to find refuge from the heat, the loneliness or boredom. The figures that populate my drawings are inspired by the dynamics of the courtyard and they celebrate  the way creative imagination can transform a simple thing such a casted shadow on a summer day into an opportunity for play…They say wise men can look at shadows and find them luminous.