Tale of Dolce & Gabbana is a work from the Portraits series by Claudia Scarsella. The artist intends the term portrait as a narration of symbolic and emotional features that are fundamental in a person, rather than a reproduction of their physical resemblance. In each "tale", the emotivity of the artist emerges, which interwaves, in collage, the artist's own feeligs connected to the person being portrayed. Claudia Scarsella assembles layers of heterogeneous materials, sewing details into a moving vivid vitality, an evocation of the very soul of the person being portrayed.
"I believe that certain fundamental characteristics of Dolce & Gabbana art are incredibly fascinating and intelligent. As far as I try to open my work up to the sensibility of the world, I strongly defend my Italian-ness. I think the symbolic contribution, the identifying mark that Dolce & Gabbana give to the Sicilian-ess, is so precious that it is irreplaceable in the realm of made in Italy fashion. From magnificent and maligned Sicily, they have made a symbol of desire. Not only have they stayed close to their origins, but they have made them sublime." told us Claudia Scarsella explaining how she chose the Italian designer duo as one of her sources of inspiration and added "In my portrait I have inserted Baroque frames not only to evoke Sicilian Baroque but also to pay homage to th wealth of detail that Dolce & Gabbana include in their designs, they too seem to exalt the poetry of Baroque".
More specifically, Claudia has always loved the use of animalier and above all lace: You need such a special skill to avoid it looking old-fashioned or vulgar" she comments. "For me, who is aesthetically a little bit 1980s Madonna and a bit Victorian, Dolce & Gabbana majestically reinvent lace every time. Thus, in my collage, lace plays such an intense role. I used a veil of real lace because it enhances the play of transparency created by the paper, in this way the gaze and the subject can dialogue with emotion, with rapture. So I like how Dolce & Gabbana play with sensuality and intimacy, I like that they use underwear as a garment. In this sense I feel my artistic exploration very near to these two artists. They make me think of the sculpture dress that I exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London a few years ago: the theme was Victorian Underwear. I imagne we feel similar emotions as we examine the long history of the penetrating look into the amusing waters of prudishness".