Paulette Tavormina – ‘Natura Morta’

Paulette Tavormina’s series ‘Natura Morta’ – a beautiful response in photographic form to the Old Dutch, Spanish, and Italian Masters of the 17th century – Giovanna Garzoni, Francesco de Zurbarán and Adriaen Coorte – as intensely personal interpretations of their timeless, universal stories.

“I have always been attracted to the magic of objects that evoke memories. Being a sentimental person, capturing moments in photography brings me back to past feelings so I can savor them again.”

Paulette Tavormina - Natura Morta

Paulette Tavormina – Natura Morta

 

“My photographs tell stories. The “Figs” express the Sicilian family history. I can imagine they are from my brother’s tree that was a graft from my father’s tree and in turn a graft of my grandfather’s tree. Snails on the branches are from my cousin’s villa in Palermo, next to the abandoned Giuseppe Lampedusa’s villa (author of Il Gattopardo, The Leopard). Lampedusa died in 1957. Snails at his villa look the same as snails at my cousin’s villa.”

Available as a photo book.