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From his fabrics and dresses out laboratory transformed into works of art citations: stoles on which the putti playing the Serpotta, sheath dresses that host the embrace of lovers of Klimt, shawls on which whirl the stars of Van Gogh’s sky.
Rosa Anna Silver is so: see art everywhere, and everywhere want to celebrate it. The architect of Palermo, specialized in restoration – behind the direction of important sites, including the ambassadors Serpotta of San Lorenzo and dell’Immacolatella – a few years he decided to take a new path, a choice that favors old passions. So she started to paint on clothes and accessories.
Authentic “silk paintings“ , which also incorporates the historical and artistic heritage Sicilian less celebrated: the magnificent frescoes of Villa Igiea Ettore De Maria Bergler, the Mamluks, the Serpotta, the Opera dei Pupi. “I like the idea of art to wear – says Anna Rosa Silver -. I believe that art should not be relegated to the past or to the museums, we should shorten the distance we put between us and the works of art, because they belong to all of us. ”
His works have been on display at ‘ Expo in Milan , in the company of Acroliths dominating square Sicily. What effect did? ”It’ was an honor for me to be present at the Expo with my creations, represent for some day art and Sicilian culture. ”
his works combine art and tailoring. How did this couple? ” I drew on my personal and family baggage. I did art school and exhibited my paintings in a few shows, but the art has been a passion of mine since childhood. My father, who was a seaman, devoured books on art and history; when he came home, took me around the historic center of Palermo, showing me the monuments and palaces, I told stories and anecdotes … As for the ability to hold a needle and thread, I owe to my mother, who was a seamstress; even though he had his assistants, he often happened that asked me to do something in the lab. ”
Restored monuments and important buildings in Palermo. Taking care of clothes is a nice change. ”My whole life has been a change; indeed, I found that the changes are only good things. After art school, I started working immediately. I got married, I had two children: for years I worked for furniture stores. At some point, however, something happened inside me. A tragic event – the sudden death of a teacher of my children – marked me, it made me realize that I had to take back my life. I was a poorly paid job and that kept me away from home all day. So when an engineer who had seen me draw asked me to leave the store where I worked and work with him, I decided to accept, as long as it was a part-time commitment. Half day I wanted to dedicate the study to realize my dream: to enroll at the University, the Faculty of Architecture, and become a restorer. ”
And it succeeded. “Yes, but do not know how many people at the time believed that I would make it really. At 38 I decided to make a change in my life and, to my surprise, instead of encountering obstacles, I found the way smoothed. Of course, it took me a few years longer than expected to graduate, but I had to manage work and family. And then I always wanted to do everything right, I wanted to become a restorer prepared. ”
A late graduation, but did not prevent it from directing important projects.
“I have graduated at age 47, there was no time if I wanted to make something good. My luck was that at that time there was the explosion of European funding, have opened several yards. I could open my own business, it was a very gratifying moment of my life, where I could also afford to take jobs just for the pleasure of it. One day, for example, I met the daughter of Giacomo Manzu, an artist who loved since a young girl, and gave me the opportunity to restore a work of his father. With the crisis, things have changed. The restoration sites have declined dramatically and with great pain I even had to close my business. ”
What is the state of health of our heritage?
“Not good, we live in a period of cultural Middle Ages. Often what we have is not valued, indeed so much of our treasure pouring into disrepair; we have a tremendous number of sites, buildings and monuments subject of continuous subtraction, but also of the disposal more or less clear, on which there is much to say. I think especially in that part of the artistic heritage that can be found in churches and which should be perceived as a common good. ”
When he began to paint his clothes as the recipient had in mind?
“I had noticed that in the museums of Europe the bookshops are not simply places of passage obliged for the visitors, but they have a strong identity, thanks to a quality merchandising. I thought then to Sicilian museums, I wanted to make something that would enhance the collections and that went beyond the gadgets made in China. My enthusiasm, however, collided with the museum reality in Sicily. We have no one manages the bookshop as in the rest of Europe; Sometimes museums instruct gestoi bars to sell some object, but these serial goods of no value. ”
Remember the first person who painted on a piece of clothing?
“I started with collections dedicated to cherubs of Serpotta and Mamluks. In Sicilian dialect “Mameluke” means a person a bit ‘stupid, good-natured, but in reality the Mamluks were slaves warriors, of great pride figures, of which but a few remain, beautiful artifacts, virtually forgotten, Palazzo Abatellis. ”
The next year his clothes will go on display in Bulgaria. How come so far?
“It is an opportunity born thanks to Confindustria Sicilia; I’ll be there in August, where he will explain to the castle of Dobrich. Abroad, such as in Spain and in the Netherlands, my work began to be very popular, and I must admit it’s a nice reward. In Sicily so far I am not able to do what I wanted, but not defeated. ”
What is your dream?
“As I have so many dreams: I’d like to create costumes for the theater, or to arrange an exhibition in one of our museum spaces. I believe that art should not be relegated to the past, we must close the gap, live it, riappropriarcene. I am convinced that on Sundays, as well as to mass, we should go and visit our museums. “
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