Prayer cards and traditional women’s craft making inform this new body of work influenced by my family’s migration story, and how they built a new life with not much more than their faith in each other and god.
Their stories and particularly that of my recently deceased 101 year old maternal grandfather Francesco, will further inform this body of work. Recently rediscovered objects belonging to him and my family will also be woven into the story.
My family are a strong influence in my life. Both parents migrated to Australia from Italy in the 1950’s with their respective families. Their desire for a better life allowed them to build a modest life for their family from the land. Like other recently arrived migrants, they immersed themselves in the familiar and clung to the traditions and customs from their homeland.
Mum and Dad would take our family to Italian mass every Sunday, where we would listen, sing and pray in their native tongue. Once a year we would attend the annual Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary at Red Cliffs and participate in the procession through the local streets. We also visited other feast days, San Rocco at Buronga and the Madonna del Carmelo at Swan Hill. Mum collected the prayer cards given out at these events, some were also given to us by relatives who had attended other feast days.
As in my previous art making this new body of work is concerned with the many facets to a woman’s life; the duality of the soft feminine domestic goddess stereotype to the tough no nonsense, a theme that has become more evident in my work since becoming a mother in 2005.
I have referenced clothing and objects that belonged to my mother and two grandmothers to express that we carry our beliefs and expectations from our foundations through to the objects that we possess. These beliefs stay with you like an imprint, overlaid on top of everything, our clothes, skin and bones.
Luci Callipari-Marcuzzo is an artist, arts administrator, mother and writer, whose arts practise explores notions of belief, faith, womanliness and spirituality.
2003 - 2004 Graduate Certificate In Museum Studies—Deakin University, Burwood campus (1st year)
2000 - 2001 Graduate Diploma in Arts & Entertainment Management - Deakin University, Burwood (1st year)
1991 Advanced Certificate of Art & Design (1st Year) - Sunraysia College of TAFE
2009 Credo: Beyond belief Stefano’s Gallery 25, 25 Deakin Ave, Mildura, Vic
White Stefano’s Gallery 25, 25 Deakin Ave, Mildura, Vic
2006 Red Mildura Arts Centre Regional Gallery
2005 les femmes Rouges Gallery 25, 25 Deakin Avenue, Mildura, Vic
2003 ...with a little help… Friends of Mildura Arts Centre fundraising exhibition, Mildura Arts Centre Regional Gallery
2002 Parallel Lives State Centre for Modern Art, Ekaterinburg branch, Russia
2000 Mildura Palimpsest #4 Aurora Packing Shed, Red Cliffs, Victoria
2000 Mildura Rural City Council Service Excellence Award for outstanding coordination of Mildura Palimpsest #4
2002 – current Mallee Bull Newsletter, Mildura Arts Centre, editor
2005 Mildura Palimpsest No 5 by Stephen Naylor, Stefano de Pieri, Marg Naylor, Luci Callipari-Marcuzzo. Softcover, Mildura Arts Centre, ISBN 095816262X (0-9581626-2-X)
2007 Adelaide Bank Festival of the Arts Critics Masterclass for Young & Emerging Writers: The Artists’ Week Critics’ Masterclass provided an opportunity for participants to work with and learn from established writers and critics on methods for discussing contemporary art and developing a critical voice, and focused on reviews and critical writing plus writing for catalogues and publications. Masterclass facilitators were Reuben Keehan, Phip Murray & Dr Linda Marie Walker.
2004 EveN: recent work in various media by women artists with strong links to Sunraysia: Co-curator with Donata Carrazza. Artists included: Jill Antonie, Lindy Bartholomew (Allen), Antonia Chaffey, Alison Clouston, Annabelle Collett, Filomena Coppola, Kate Cotching, Bonita Ely, Belinda Fox, Robyn Gibson, Christine Lovie-Henty, Jill Orr and Jai Smith.
2001 Curatorial Lab, Gertrude contemporary art spaces. A series of seminars and workshops for emerging curators conducted by leading Australian curators. The program culminated in a masterclass with Juliana Engberg.