“The Sea - an abundance of childhood memories that will live with me forever.“

STIEFNU DE BATTISTA

EARLY DAYS

Inspiration

Childhood days spent by the sea accompanying his father on different boats around the island, are the primary source of some of the artist’s most enduring memories. It is from these memories that the artist derives his inspirations, which he then expresses into tangible form to produce the works of art. In 2007, Stiefnu was also granted a one-month scholarship in Sciacca, Sicily, after being awarded the best design of an original ceramic product as part of the Interreg IIIA MedPot Project. There he met the late artist, Cosimo Barna, whose guidance laid the foundations for
further development of the fish and prawn concept. The prawns and shrimps, together with various other sea creatures play the role of protagonists in his work. The artist engages into a creative process that sees variations of the marine-life theme being explored and manipulated into both two- and three-dimensional form, through painting and sculpture, and presented on different grounds. The works of art featured in this exhibition are a product of the development cycle that initiated in 2007.

I remember when I used to accompany my father on different boats. I used to observe the fishermen leaving and re-entering the port, carrying boxes brimming with fish.  

STIEFNU

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