Works    2020 Quali Cose Sono (Things I am)

Even the most banal or humble object can have strong ethnological significance and tell our story. Perhaps the yearning to surround ourselves with objects is one of the defining traits of being human. This series brings together my own eclectic collection of objects. I have specifically selected those that I find intriguing, playful or have an emotional bond with. I believe that no matter whether they are small or large, expensive or cheap, or from different ages, objects that we connect with develop a certain dignity over time, reflecting our desires about the past or the present or about who we are or wish to be. 

 

This work was created for a collaborative exhibition, Parallel Visions, 12 March - 25 April 2020 at Museo Italiano, Melbourne.

An excerpt from the exhibition catalogue:

"This exhibition fosters the cross-fertilisation of ideas across the boundaries of art and design practice and design history. It showcases the work of four artists, an exhibition designer and a design historian who together have explored the relationship between their cultural heritage, creative practice and academic research. Looking at the influence of 20th century Italian design history the exhibition embraces the cultural context and transformative role that creativity plays in the art and design of the period through a diverse range of work including paintings, photographs, sculptural objects, display systems and virtual reality experiences.

Artists Liliana Barbieri, Anna Caione, Sarina Lirosi and Wilma Tabacco, have each responded to the ideas and artefacts of selected 20th Century Italian designers – Bruno Munari, Gaetano Pesce, Alessandro Mendini and Giò Pomodoro, while Flavia Marcello presents the ‘birthplace’ of Italian design Milan Triennale, through VR reconstructions and Karen Fermo takes cues from the Giuseppe Pagano 1930s demountable travelling exhibition system for the exhibition’s display stand.

By responding to the ideas and design artefacts of selected 20th century Italian designers, architects and artists they have provided a springboard to expand current art, research and exhibition practice by experimenting with unconventional media and visual approaches that inspire new connections between art and design. This perspective of design history provides opportunities to reposition migrant cultural histories into a unique contemporary artistic context."

 

Here are a selection of works from my series

Hairy Book Mark by Sarina Lirosi

Hairy Book Mark  2020

Archival Injet Print

26 x 39cm

Hand Soaps by Sarina Lirosi

Hand Soaps  2020

Archival Injet Print

26 x 39cm

Mechanical Yellow Bird by Sarina Lirosi

Mechanical Yellow Bird  2020

Archival Injet Print

26 x 39cm

Bird Swap by Sarina Lirosi

Bird Swap  2020

Archival Inkjet Print

26 x 39cm

Waving Mona by Sarina Lirosi

Waving Mona  2020

Archival Injet Print

26 x39cm

Bird Watching by Sarina Lirosi

Bird Watching  2020

Archival Injet Print

26 x 39cm

Broken by Sarina Lirosi

Broken  2020

Archival Injet Print

26 x 39cm

Carrot Pen by Sarina Lirosi

Carrot Pen  2020

Archival Injet Print

26 x 39cm

Dead Bird by Sarina Lirosi

Dead Bird  2020

Archival Injet Print

26 x 39cm

Dog Lighter by Sarina Lirosi

Dog Lighter  2020

Archival Injet Print

26 x 39cm

Earless Rhino Rubber by Sarina Lirosi

Earless Rhino Rubber  2020

Archival Injet Print

26 x 39cm

Nonno's Cards by Sarina Lirosi

Nonno's Cards  2020

Archival Injet Print

26 x 39cm

Running Boy by Sarina Lirosi

Running Boy  2020

Archival Injet Print

26 x 39cm

Shot Tower by Sarina Lirosi

Shot Tower  2020

Archival Injet Print

26 x 39cm

Hole in the Head (Self Portrait) by Sarina Lirosi

Hole in the Head (Self Portrait)  2020

Archival Injet Print

37.7 x 56.6cm