ARTISTS AT LE SIRENUSE
A colourful bidirectional neon sign hangs from one of the cross-vaulted ceilings of Le Sirenuse’s original hotel bar, which has since been renamed after this work. Illuminated in the evening, when the moonlight shimmers on the sea and Positano air is alive with romance, it bears a simple message, one that invites us to enjoy this life of leisured ease and leave our cares behind. Or does it?
Born in 1968, Martin Creed grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, before moving to London in 1986 to study at the Slade School of Fine Art. After art school he lived and worked in London until 2001, when he moved to Alicudi, Italy. Awarded the Turner Prize in 2001, Creed has become known for hugely varied work which is by turns uncompromising, entertaining, shocking and beautiful. Writing in The Guardian, Jonathan Jones, calls Creed “a social artist”, adding that “the true magic of his work lies in the way it interacts with people and places”. He currently lives and works in London and Alicudi.