There isn’t a particular school nor study that gives you the qualification of artist. You are born an artist. You are one inside. As in the case of my dear friend Massimo Fichera. He and his endless creativity, he and his limitless imagination. Massimo doesn’t follow rules; he “simply” listens and consequently follows his instinct. His gift is huge and rare. To be an absolute artist, in my opinion, means to live without refraining. It means to be able to listen to your inner self and not be afraid of your personal feelings. Let them flow, as they rightly should. As they know. Massimo is a restorer, but apart from this, along with his friend Maurizio Fragalà, has launched a new bijoux brand: it was first called MF ArtCreator, but shortly will become Balad El Fil.
This photoshoot represents something very special to me. Strong. Intense. Vibrant and in some way magical and mysterious. In these photos, which were taken at sunset in the magnificent setting of Etna’s craters, a “new part of me” came out. Or better, maybe they were Maurizio Fragalà’s eyes, which across a camera, wanted to see and capture me in this way: Rocky and sensual. Intense with fire. The dress I’m wearing is an “experimental outfit” out of the norm, and thought of and created by Massimo. The lace bodice with embroided lava stones and pieces of coral was created and presented in occasion of the exhibition for the Department of Lava Stone Donna Etna, which was held a while ago at the Catania Botanical Gardens. The crochet “skirt” actually comes straight off a market stall in Catania, and before being used as such, was a fabulous tablecloth. You’d never have said, but it really is. The necklace which is another of Massimo’s creations is in bronze and sculptured lava stone. Simple materials, an incredible manual ability, innate taste and endless love in every single item he creates, makes Massimo an Artist, a true Artist. A rare one. A precious one.
embroidered lace bodice by Massimo Fichera
lava stone necklace by Massimo Fichera
crochet skirt by Massimo Fichera
make up Chanel
photos by Maurizio Fragalà