DANCE OF LIFE- acrylic on canvas- 60x80cm-2017 -Rossella Sferlazzo

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Da molti anni avevo questa immagine da dipingere, ma non riuscivo a farlo, forse perchè intrisa di molto dolore, In quanto ispirata alla triste vicenda avvenuta nel naufragio del 03/10/2013, ovvero la nascita di un bambino mentre la madre moriva. “Lei annegava, prigioniera dentro la prua del barcone che s’inabissava sul fondo del mare di Lampedusa. Lui anche, appena nato e ancora legato alla sua mamma dal cordone ombelicale. La ragazza africana aveva poco meno di vent’anni e portava in grembo quell’esserino di appena sette mesi”. Ho voluto con il mio dipinto ridare una vita immaginaria e spirituale alla madre e al figlio , riunendoli in una danza , una danza della vita in fondo al mare.

Since many years I had this image to paint, but I wasn’t able to do it, perhaps it was imbued with heartache. This image has been inspired by the sad event happened  during the shipwreck of 3/10/2013 in Lampedusa, the birth of a child while her mother was dying. “ She drowned, prisoner into  the large ship’ s bow that sinked into. Lampedusa sea bottom. He was just born and tied by umbilical cord  to her mother. The african girl was about twenty years old and she was carrying the 7 months old baby”. I wanted qive back a imaginary and spiritual life  with my painting to the mother and to the son, reuniting in a dance, a dance of life in the ocean.

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