Oh My Sweet Darling

Without obsession, life is nothing

– John Waters

Whether it be an ex-lover, slimmer hips, curly hair or the slice of triple chocolate cake in your local café’s glass case, if you can’t have it, you can’t live without it. The more everyone around you says, “no,” the more you are convinced you need it; you must have it; you might die without it.

Obsession is humanity’s most powerful motivator, and for artists, it’s their life blood. It takes an obsession, a passion, an unrelenting search for the essence of a desire to spur an artist into choosing creation over comfort, and such was the case with Marina Calamai, a Florentine artist and self-professing sugar addict.

When Marina developed pregnancy diabetes and was forbidden to eat any sweets, thinking and dreaming about it did nothing but frustrate her. When she couldn’t stand it any longer, she began to paint… cakes.

Soon her house was filled with paintings of pies, sculptures of candies, and hats made to look like stacks of profiteroles. There were triptychs of fruit cakes, multimedia “sound paintings” of doughnuts, 2-meter-high sonorous and olfactory installations, and now, finally, Marina has converted her passion for sugar and art into a passion for jewelry, starting with a line of rings. Cupcake rings.

They are  handcrafted in Italy using sterling silver with gold and enamel accents. Light and fun to wear, unfortunately they don’t conquer sugar cravings (at least not mine), but they do come in a variety of “flavors” and are available at the internationally acclaimed concept boutique Luisa Via Roma in Florence, as well online at Luisa Via Roma (click here to enter).

You can learn more about Marina Calamai and her art here.

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One Comment

  1. ashley sierra
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 2:44 am | Permalink | Reply

    caitlin this really made my day. for many reasons. and you look drop dead beautiful. ❤

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