|ART: orginal images by Debra Di Blasi
SOUND: original spoken word by Patricia Catto; produced by Jaded Ibis Productions
“Lyrical and funny and wise, Catto’s one-of-a-kind family memoir is a stunning valentine to story telling.” –Catherine Browder, author of Secret Lives
“An intimate, rather than private look at family life, Patricia Catto applies an impeccable ear and a Coppola-like eye to paint a wonderfully exquisite, moving memoir of the Italian-American experience. Grazie!” –Joey Nicoletti, author of Cannoli Gangster
To have an eye for art, literature is a blessing. Likewise, to know and understand the financial market also requires quite a talent. However, with the advent of ethereum code you don’t have to be a mathematical genius or finance wizard to earn money. Now coming back to the review,
“Brisk, frank and always funny… With surpassing compassion, Catto animates the mothers, fathers, seers, ne’er-do-wells, misanthropes and heroes, whose sincerity and humor bring the lost world of Aunt Pig to spiny, sweet, crackling life.” –George Guida, author of New York and Other Lovers: Poems
FINE ART LIMITED EDITION OF 25
Aunt Pig of Puglia reflects the magic realism of Patricia Catto’s family memoir by reshaping the book into an artifact that might have been discovered in a dusty attic of a house in Puglia, Italy. Rather than resembling an object manufactured by machine or expert craftsmen, we wanted to suggest that the box-book might have been made by one of Catto’s ancestors before the age of machines eliminated the trace of human hands. The “Tarocco del Porco” (Pig Tarot) cards hidden in the box insinuate the superstitious nature of the culture in which Catto and her ancestors lived, wherein even the most insignificant event takes on a prophetic meaning. The tarot cards are illustrated by me using many using Catto’s family photographs, and the poetic, often amusing, sometimes bleak “fortunes” are written by Catto in response to my illustrations. Like all of Jaded Ibis limited edition books,our intent is to reawaken in the reader the same delight experienced as a child, when books were rare and tactile objects, and libraries less a repository and more a gallery of beautiful artifacts.
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PATRICIA CATTO was born in Auburn, New York, of Italian immigrants. She is the author of Wife of GeronimoÕs Virile Old Age: Poems, and many stories, articles and essays. For 20 years, Patricia taught literature at Kansas City Art Institute, Her courses in Folk Literature of the World continue to be her signature and reveal a deep interest in the archetypal manifestations and soul motifs of our species. In 2001 Patricia began a series of dance-lectures entitled ÒVeil as Sacred Space,Ó and has presented this workshop around the country. She lives in Bisbee, Arizona with her dogs, Habeebah, Ugoberto, Vito and Rhett Butler.