Of kindness and clay

One of the joys of writing this blog is to commit to ‘virtual’ paper some of the most unforgettable Residents and their works, some of which have  become part of the tradition of the Residency- and (as in this case) of the fabric of the Palazzo itself.

When US sculptor Teresa Lind first joined us in Residency back in 2008, it was originally to continue her research on the figure as subject, and how costume and clothes inform identity.  She set out to work on female figures inspired by traditional Italian apparel, which she brought to life from slabs of malleable red wax, which she saw as an ideal material to transport and to work while in Residency:  “Wax is quiet, easily obtained and contained (…), the ideal material so that the pieces can later be cast in bronze and iron and finished with a variety of surface patinas to reflect the colors and vibrance of the garments.”

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Above: Teresa at work on her wax figures, below: images of the finished works, cast back in the US

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But Teresa was to distinguish herself and leave her mark at Palazzo Rinaldi for far more than just her creativity, hardworking attitude and warm personality.

Moved by the history of the Palazzo Rinaldi terrace busts, two of which had been damaged by burglars in the 1990s, Teresa decided to dedicate the rest of her stay to sculpt a brand new statue.  With only three days or less until the end of the stay, there was no convincing her otherwise as she set off to collect clay from the hill at the foot of the village, and started work on the terrace under the August sun.

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                                                           Teresa at work, and below the cast of her interpretation of the missing statue.

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Unfortunately it was soon time to say goodbye as Teresa’s residency drew to a close, but we were delighted to hear that she was planning to come back the following year, to bring along her musician husband and complete her work.

Fast forward to the following August, and it was wonderful to have Teresa back and meet her lovely husband Kristopher.


This being Teresa however, this was never going to be just a romantic getaway.  Having decided that she was unhappy with the bust she had cast the previous season, she immediately set out to create a brand new one, this time based on the original design depicting the greek poet Sappho.

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Teresa Lind

The timing was perfect as Teresa managed to finish her bust just as her Residency wrapped up.  Located as we are in a very remote area, unfortunately we had no kiln available for firing the work, but we promised Teresa that during the autumn we would do our best to find a place that would see her project to completion.

And so we did- in Summer 2010, the once empty pedestal was finally reunited with its original occupier – the only female in the series.

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As the seasons change and the weather adds its finishing touches to the surface, the statue blends in more and more with the existing original works. But for us at Palazzo Rinaldi this one will always stand out: as a reminder of Teresa, keeping us company through the seasons, and for Residents as an inspiring object to admire and interact with.

The images below shows our Sappho modelling jewellery created in Residency by S&M Jewelry (aka Milda Bublys and Sarah Schrift) in 2011.

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Teresa’s was an unforgettable gesture.  Her statue, bearing her striking likeness, stands on the terrace forever admiring the view and greeting every new resident with its story of kindness and true artistic sensibility.

Teresa Lind (Palazzo Rinaldi AIR 2008 and 2009) is a sculptor and founder from Wisconsin working in bronze, iron, and aluminum metals.  Her work is a pursuit of the figure, its presentation as subject and object and the contemporary issues that accompany it.  She regularly attends conferences on cast metals and recently constructed her own iron melting cupola. Teresa received her BFA from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh in 2000 and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 2005.  She was also educated as a sculptor in Italy at the Florence Academy of Art in 2002.  Currently, Teresa teaches sculpture at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.


Summer 2014 & new facilities

It’s that time of year again!!  We are delighted to announce that Palazzo Rinaldi is currently accepting applications for Summer 2014.  Between the end of June and early September, artists can choose to attend for a minimum of 5 nights, to a maximum of 2 weeks (Residencies) or one month (Retreats).  Artists also have the option to attend in a private apartment as part of the main Palazzo Rinaldi building, particularly useful if traveling with families or looking for a little more privacy.

Despite being committed to remaining a small, family-run location, Palazzo Rinaldi has organically grown and developed quite a bit since it first opened its doors back in 2008. With the help of the positive support and feedback from our Residents the three of us have worked as hard as possible to try and make it better every year.

In this blog post we wanted to quickly guide you through some new additions we were pleased to bring to the Residency last year, including a brand new self-catering kitchen for the exclusive use of our Residents.


Despite being a remote, tiny little village Noepoli does have its own restaurant/ pizzeria, many bars, two bakeries and so on- all great places to socialise and get to meet local people.  However we felt it was very important for Residents to feel as independent as possible and truly ‘at home’ by cooking their own meals whenever they wished to, particularly when staying for a long period of time.  The feedback has been great over the last season and it was wonderful to see the kitchen become a new centre for aggregation and socialising among artists, cooking and sharing together.

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Above: Palazzo Rinaldi AIRs Marijke Loosjes and Anne Lillis.  Below (L-R): Palazzo Rinaldi AIRs Jyoti Dugal, Mellisa Dempsey, Andy Nicholson, Dana Sederowsky, Marijke Loosjes, Simone Couto and Meghan Blosser.

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This of course doesn’t mean that Pina’s wonderful home cooked breakfasts are going away– quite the opposite!  They are staying,by popular demand! :)

Palazzo Rinaldi breakfast

Palazzo Rinaldi food

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Above: Palazzo Rinaldi breakfast details, AIRs Tuula Voutilainen, Geranise Hurtis and Leonor Agan.

In addition to our existing two studios, this summer we were also pleased to open a third studio space filled with natural light and with direct access to our terrace.

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Palazzo Rinaldi AIRs Mellisa Dempsey (L) and Charlsie Kelly (R) at work in the studio

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view from the studio

We are so pleased we could bring these improvements to the Residency and look forward to unveiling more over the next few seasons.