The Sparrow

With much respect for the Museum of Santa Margherita di Belice in Sicily, the Sparrow begin her life next to the victims of the earthquake of 1968 of the Belice Valley.

The inauguration of the painting took place on the 15th of January 2015 and it was acquired as a donation to the Museo della Memoria di Santa Margherita di Belice, on the 47th Anniversary of the Earthquake of the Valley.

The story is short: when you enter the museum you enter a time machine which takes you back to the moment of the disaster and all you see is sorrow and tragedy. People are left without homes in the dark, it’s snowing, everything is destroyed. The purpose of the girl which is also a victim of the earthquake (as she appears in one of the pictures exhibited in the museums) returns after 47 years with the simplest message: she is a winner, not a victim. Even in the ruins of her home, she continues to play the game of life, innocent, like a child that she is.

For me it was a great experience. The painting is one of the biggest I’ve made. It’s 5 meters on 7 meters and since I have badly calculated in the beginning the weight of it and I chose a canvas which was not proper for such a big format, I had to remake it in a very short time. At this moment, after all is accomplished, I have to say it was the best experience I even had in my artistic career so far.

Thank you so much to those who helped me and let’s hope the story is not over yet.

Here you have some pictures of the event: