Paula Metallo | On The Hole
Paula Metallo is an Italian American contemporary artist. Born in Syracuse, New York and lives in the Marche Region of Italy.
Italian American, artist, contemporary artist, art, contemporary art, collage, installation, Coldigioco, holes, meet, look twice, rorschach, cover uncover, art and science, take and give, simmetry, drawings
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1995 On The Hole


This is a group of 12 paintings and drawings on hygienic toilet seat covers I made after moving to Italy in 1993.

I chose imagery that would render how deceiving the very things we think protect us can be.

Utilizing the “hole/whole” play on words, I represent those parts in us that change over a long period of living in a foreign country.

And the hole is that part of the whole picture that is missing, or that one misses.

  • Protector sources - 50 x 50 cm

  • Guardian angel, 14th century ceiling fresco, unknown.

  • Elaboration of Kitagawa Utamaro painting 1795.

  • Pennsylvania Dutch “Liberty” cut out, ca. 1700.

  • Colombian Indios healing dance shield.

  • Plan for the Basilica of St. Peter’s, Rome, by Michelangelo.

  • 12th century manuscript symbolizing distrust of university teachers.
    Turned back and crossed arms indicate teaching in error.

  • Protector sources – 50 x 50 cm.

  • American plains Indian ghost dance coat, believed to make them invisible to the white man.
    The coats that survived have bullet holes in them.

  • Fashioned after a Linsey-Woolsey quilt, New England, 1815.

  • Hopi pottery design, thunderbird protector figure.

  • Detail courtyard of the city palace Udaipur, Mewar, Rajasthan ca. 1775.

  • One dollar bill.

  • Hannah Cohoon The tree of life 1854 Shaker art.