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Christine Palamidessi

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Sculptor Christine Palamidessi
Christine Palamidessi, American Sculptor

About Christine Palamidessi

Artist and Author,, Christine Palamidessi’s work is inspired by Mediterranean history and geography. Her preferred material is paper, which she folds, paints and molds. Hardening agents are applied to the sculptures. It is a technique, called cartapesta, that she learned and continues to study in Lecce, Italy.
Sculptor Christine Palamidessi
Christine Palamidessi, Castle of Otranto exhibit

Exhibition History of Christine Palamidessi

Solo Shows:
2015 - "Yoga Stupa" Atlantic Works Gallery, Boston.
2014 - “Episodes of Violence,” Otranto Castle, Otranto, Italy.
2014 - “The Brazilians,” West Side Lounge, Cambridge, MA.

Group Exhibitions:
2015 - Doppelganger, Atlantic Works Gallery, Boston, MA
2015 - Annemarie Sculpture Garden (Smithsonian Museum affiliate), Solomons, MD
2015 - Palazzo Bacile di Castiglione, Spongano, Salento, Italy 2015 - Biennale Project, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy 2015 - Whatcom Museum, National Salon des Refusés, Bellingham, WI. 2015 - Spring Bull Gallery (Honorable Mention), Newport, RI.
2014 - Figure50, Massachusetts Artists (online curated exhibit)
2014 - Unbound Vol IV, Artistree, Woodstock, VT.
2014 - Galatea Gallery, New England Collective V, Boston, MA.
2014 - Annemarie Sculpture Garden (Smithsonian Museum affiliate), Solomons, MD
2014 - Piano Craft Gallery, Boston, MA.
2014 - Alpers Fine Art, Andover, MA.
2013 - Galatea Gallery, New England Collective IV, Boston, MA. 2013, 2014 - Artist`s Choice, Somerville Museum, Somerville, MA. 2011,
2012 and 2013 - Boston State House, Boston, MA.
2012 - Gallery on Main Street, Saxonburg, PA.
2012 - North River Gallery, Marshfield, MA.
2011 and 2012 - Reisinkoff Gallery, Boston, MA.
2011 - Gallery 342 Broadway, Cambridge, MA.

Christine Palamidessi working

Biography / CV of Christine Palamidessi

Christine Palamidessi`s sculptures and paintings are held in private collections in Italy, US, Dominican Republic and Brazil. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in Boston, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, Woodstock, Vermont, England and Italy; and in Boston`s State House. Her memoir “Grandmothers” is engraved on granite monolith installed at Jackson Square in Boston. She is author of two novels and editor of a collections of fiction and academic writing. Palamidessi works and resides in Cambridge, MA.

Christine Palamidessi in Boston gallery

Artist Statement of Christine Palamidessi

My work is narrative and involves telling stories about humanity, divinity, violence and time. For the past decade I’ve been exploring the torso. It’s our center; where the heart resides and where we hold our lovers and children close to comfort them. It’s also where warriors attach bombs and shields. History and geography, mythology and graphic patterns on the inside and outside of earthly surfaces, people and planets inspire my work. My preferred medium is paper, and I often fold and mold the paper into human shapes and then apply hardening agents. Sometimes I paint the shapes; other times allow the shapes to resemble stone and artifacts. Always I strive to embrace a particular essence of spiritual steadiness.

Awards and Prizes of Christine Palamidessi

1998 Dante Alighieri Fellowship (study in Rome),
1996 Barbara Deming Award for Women Artists,
1995 UrbanArts Award (public art).


Dorset House, Dorset VT 1992, 1994,1996, 2000 BAU Institute, Otranto (LE) Salento,Italy ACCM Residency, Spongano, Italy, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Awarded study period at Mass Moca (art museum) in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Christine Palamidessi

New collectors in Dominican Republic, Brazil, USA and Italy. Spaulding Rehab Hospital Collection, Boston, MA.

Public Works of Christine Palamidessi

Eight-foot Granite Monolith "GRANDMOTHERS" installed in Boston MBTA, Jackson Square Station, Boston, MA USA

Qualifications / Education of Christine Palamidessi

BA in Film and Writing, University of Pittsburgh, 1973.
MA in Creative Writing, Boston University, 1995.
Hands-on study with mask-making, ceramic and cartapesta artisans in Venice, Rome, Tricase, and Lecce, Italy. (1990, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014)

Artist Residency:
ACCM Residency, Palace Bacile di Castiglione, Spongano, Italy, 2015.
BAU, Otranto, 2014.
Dorset House, Dorset, VT, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998.

Publications / Media / Bibliography of Christine Palamidessi

Select Book Publications:
The Virgin Knows - St.Martin’s Press, 1995; GATE Press 2010; Kindle 2013.
The Fiddle Case - IAP 2007; GATE Press, 2010, Kindle, 2008. American Women, Italian Style - Fordham University Press, 2010.

Recent Art Related Press:
Les Femme Folles: Women in Art, February 2016
Art as A Spiritual Practice, Spirit of Change Magazine, 2016

Teaching Experience

Boston University, College of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Writing 1992-2007.

Influences / Inspiration of Christine Palamidessi

Greek and Roman Antiquities; Ancient Hindu sculptures; Samuraii Warrior Art; the color in Botticelli and Giotto`s work; the weight and space in Gaugin and Matisse; energy in Italian Futurism; Joseph Beuys philosophical outlook; Andy Warhol`s commercialism; Cy Twombly, Jean-Michel Basquit use of text on paintings; and the sculptors Rodin, Moore, Modigliani, Eva Hess, Marina Abakanowicz, Nancy Holt and......

Price Range of Work

Christine Palamidessi's work has a price range from £662 to £1,987
$800 to $3,000 US dollar

Commissioning Work

This artist accepts commissions.
I do BREASTPLATE commission work for families and BRIDES (also wedding couples) and design the BREASTPLATE to be historic or interpretive. A fine, celebrated and unique addition to collections.

Mediums utilised

Christine Palamidessi's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Christine Palamidessi's work is found in the following categories on site:
Wall Mounted or Wall Hanging sculpture (12)
Painted Coloured Tinted Patinated Enamelled Sculptures Statues statuettes (11)
Torsos Chests Females / Women / Girls / Damsels Sculptures Statues statuary (9)
Papier Mache Sculptures or Statues (8)
Nudes, Female Sculptures (5)
Fruit Sculpture (5)
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture (4)
Stylised Nude statue sculpture statuette ornament (4)
Indoor figurative sculpture (4)
Recycled Materials / Objets trouvees or Upcycle sculpture Statues statuettes (3)
Welcome Happy Return Sanctuary Safe Haven Recption Welcome Home sculpture statue (3)
Flamboyant Colourful Exuberant Exotic Gaudy Gorgeous Decorative Vivid Brightly Coloured Spectacular Sculptures (3)
Torsos Sculptures or Chests of Men and Women Females Girls Children Statues statuery statuettes (3)
Figurative Abstract Modern or Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuary statuettes figurines (2)
Indoor Inside Interior Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine (2)
Abstract Plants Fruits Trees Leaves Flowers Statues Sculptures (2)
Good Luck sculpture
Aquatic Sculptures Fish / Shells / Sharks / Seals / Corals / Seaweed
Human Form: Abstract Sculptures
Humorous Witty Amusing Lighthearted Fun Jolly Whimsical Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines
Objects of desire Sculptures
Surrealist Sculpture
Reptiles Sculptures and Amphibian Sculptures
Human Figurative Sculptures
Assemblages Sculptures Made from a Variety of Pieces or Bits collected together
Primitive or Naive style Sculpture or Statuary
Gods or Goddess, or Deity Sculptures
Endangered Animal Species Sculptures
Females Women Girls Ladies Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines
Anatomy, Hands and Feet and other human parts of the body Sculptures
Happiness / Joy / Exuberance / Wild Pleasure sculpture
Pop Art Sculpture
Tabletop Desktop Small Indoor Statuettes Figurines Sculptures
Hanging Suspended sculpture Statues tatuette
Colourful Polychrome Sculpture Multi-Coloured Statues statuettes statuary
Landscape Mountains Countryside Sculptures Statues statuettes
Sea Fish Sculptures
Collage Sculptures
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