Thursday, December 30, 2010

My Obsession with Venice

You may have the universe if I may have Italy"
- Guiseppe Verdi -

"Venice is like eating an entire box of
chocolate liquers in one go"
- Truman Capote -

How to describe what Carnival in Venice is about?

baroque madrigal street musicians
masked costume balls in palazzos
la traviata at the Fenice Theatre
the music of Vivaldi
Commedia dell'arte: ie: harlequin, pulcinella, columbina in costume

Carnival in Venice - Carole Segal
Mixed Media on Handmade Paper
15" x 22"

Not too long ago, I was fortunate to be able to spend several days in Venice.
Although I was not in Venice during Carnival, the sights were awesome to say the least. No matter which way I was facing, what I saw was the amazing architecture of Venice.
Assemblage of Carnival in Venice
Carole Segal   20" x 20"
Traveling the Grand Canal each day, walking through the cobblestone streets in quaint neighbourhoods. Dining at outdoor cafes, and just being at Piazza San Marco at dusk sipping my limoncello while an orchestra played was inspiration enough.

in piazza san Marco

Shopping on the canal
Lobby of my hotel
Shopping in Venice

My hotel Palazzo Sant'Angelo sul Grand Canal, being a small boutique hotel of 24 rooms,a reconverted palazzo, designed in the grand baroque style was facing the Grand Canal. The hotel is situated right on the Canal between L'Accademia and the famous Rialto Bridge.
Carnival in Venice happens in February of each year during the period of lent. This year's Venice Carnival 2011 has some outstanding opulent events to engage the pleasure of the senses. Wishing I could be there and partake of the costumes, music, and of authentic Venice in the 14th century.

Movies that I have enjoyed, filmed in Venice:
"Summertime" Katherine Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi
"Roman Holiday" Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck
"The Wings of the Dove" Helena Bonham Carter
"Artemesia" Valentina Cervi and Michel Serrault
"Casanova" Heath Ledger, Sienna Miller, and Jeremy Irons
My artwork and photography, which are presented here grew out of an obsession with Venice. For years I collected Images, found objects, learned polymer clay techniques in Molding and finally the artwork grew and thrived under the Venetian influence.


Susan Krieg said...

That was really beautiful, Carole. Both, your words and your art, tell your story of love for Venice. I like that you included fav movies and photos from your trip. I too fell in love with Italy and Venice. Such a unique and exotic place. You capture that in your art.

Sheila Malric said...

Your artwork is OUTSTANDING! I especially loved the assemblage piece of "Carnival in Venice" I am interested in acquiring this piece from you. My people will be in touch with you shortly to discuss this.

Sharilyn Miller said...

I love the richness of your art, Carole! The layers and layers of texture and color and sense of history and things hidden, things revealed, are all profoundly satisfying. Seeing your post brought back Venice for me, how I miss it!