Conquer The Fear 2020

Sicily is a brilliant melting pot of old and new, traditional and modern. By combining the traditional ornaments and Greek mythology figure of Zeus, I have tried to reflect on the current situation and the theme of fear and courage. Hand carved quotes are a reflection on this famous Plato quote.

Perfect Injustice 2020

During planning process, I always like to re-visit the architecture of my favorite places in Sicily. For this particular artwork, I have been inspired by the rococo stuccoes in Palazzo Biscari in Catania and the frescoes that can be found there. The story of Perseus and Medusa is one of the greatest ones in the Greek mythology. It is a story of perseverance and incredible bravery of Perseus, however, in my opinion, also a story of injustice towards Medusa, therefore I have decided to revisit the well-known scene. Just how far we are willing to go to in order to save our loved ones? The life of the innocent Medusa was taken during her sleep and whilst everyone is paying attention to the heroism of Perseus, not much thought is dedicated to Medusa. Her only guilt was her beauty, cursed to a horrible existence and then killed. The head of the Medusa is to date a symbol of Sicily, proudly displayed in the Sicilian flag for the protection of the island.

You gave me peace, in a lifetime of war 2021

Artwork from the Sicilian collection, with the references to Greek mythology a traditional Sicilian majolica pattern. Dedicated to the persona of Achilles and his famous last words to Briseis: You gave me peace, in a lifetime of war.

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Salvatore Battaglia

Italy

https://www.salvatorebattaglia.co.uk

Submitted artworks are reflecting on my Sicilian heritage. Sicily is a brilliant melting pot of old & new, traditional & modern. By combining the traditional ornaments (maioliche), Sicilian architecture & Greek mythology figures, I have tried to reflect on the current situation and the theme of fear and courage. Choices that we make determine our fate and we should never let fear to decide upon it. As Plato says, being courageous is knowing what not to fear. It can seem that nowadays, the fear is more present than ever. By being courageous, by being afraid but keep going on anyhow and having our voices heard, we can try to master and conquer the fear in these uncertain times. We are in control of our own destiny and ultimately, it is the courage that leads to happiness and makes our dreams possible. The majolica ceramics have survived for centuries, like the mythology legends and the stories they both still tell us remain as vital, unique and animated as the ornamentations themselves.

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