AM I ITALIAN? AM I AMERICAN?
I was born in New York to an American mother. My father is from Italy. I have lived for the last 11 years in Belgium. Who am I? On paper, I am Italian-American. Although I grew up in America, I do not feel American. And - with all respect - I am certainly not Belgian. I am Italian? While I feel most associated with this nationality, I have never lived in Italy. How can I 'be' Italian when I do not even know the 'being' of the country itself? Who am I in Italy?
These are the questions that I want to explore while at the artist residency Fusion Air in Torino, Italy during the summer. This exploration of country and self will be interpreted in my primary medium: mosaic. This medium (with its origins in Italy) is not a coincidence, but a conscience choice I took in 2008 when I started working with glass and marble.
The result of this exploration will be an exhibition of my work at the gallery Fusion Art.
An overview of my current work can be found on my website: www.allegrettamosaico.com