I share some thoughts with you after quite a while. We talk "abstract". About two months ago I made the decision (and take the courage) to work on my themes, the emotions, the subtle aspects that I observe without necessarily using a recognizable figure. It goes in the direction of giving more strength to my intuition and an openness to different way of readings. I already see two major things :
- the presence must be relentless, to be able to follow the intuition, but it is not simple at all, we're usually not too well trained for this kind of things
- This is a high precision exercise. You put a line, a brushstroke where it shouldn't be, you over-work it ... it can definitely be screwed up with no possibility of return.
Catching up in the figurative is possible, as far as I'm concerned, in the gesture it's another story. On the other hand, the style is a "freeze frame" of where we are at a given moment.
Don't get me wrong here , I said "where we are" not "who we are". Who we are is the common thread of a lifetime.
Style is just a way. And too bad for maniacs' label
As part of mutual assistance between artists during the lockdown Artmajeur created the #artistsupportpledge initiative. So I put on sale works not exceeding 200 euros. These works will go back their original price this Sunday, May 17
One of the aspects that I find myself working on more than before, even discover is the relationship with time.
Time no longer has the same meaning. The days seem to get longer and at times they are even more filled but not for the same reasons.
Before the challenge was to do a maximum of things for a maximum of objectives. Now it’s schooling my daughter and taking the time (if possible without losing my temper)
Before it was "the next thing to do". Now it's about keeping your focus, what is really important for us.
Before it was the next task, now it's observing. Also to avoid panicking.
Before it was "tomorrow I go to the grocery shop". Now is: "it's better to go there on this day at this time because ....". It has also become: I go there and I will deal with it (empty shelves , queuing , etc.).
Before it was "I have to finish this painting". Now is: it will happen when it's time. But I work on it all the time and I know it.
The artist that I am right now: I'm adapting. Because everyday life changes. I have a temporary job in a food store and three children at home. I adapt because I feel these movements of energy and I try to stay centered, not to be overwhelmed by fear, worry or panic. I adapt because no, I have not yet had the time to lock myself up for several hours in my studio and keep going on one of the many paintings that have been going on for a while. I adapt because at this moment when the world seems to hold its breath it's important to slow down and look at the sun and the earth, to the animals around us who are happy that we are present more than before. I adapt because the world had to change, and this is perhaps the first wave. I adapt because an artist cannot really force or pretend anything. The images will arrive, and the time to make them will be different. I adapt because my path is always there and yours is too
We can't ignore what is happening in this moment (coronavirus syndrome with all its "consequences" .... and just starting).
I have a double vision of it : with my original Italian identity and the acquired French because I've been living here for almost fifteen years now.
I pass over the actual stressful stage, emptied supermarkets, the too much info, the wrong info, people who panic and people that don't care, etc etc etc
Several thoughts I had. To start with : recycling for me also means transmuting, transformation not just in the material well know (!) touchable world.
We transform materials of course but it is also true for actions and thoughts... and more.
In a moment like this when all of humanity in one way or another is faced with something quite "new" they are asked to transform.
By who ? We ourselves ask this and the universe....knowing that it's actually the same.
For few it is a work that has already started, others they d'ont know it yet and then there are those who will resist.
For few the intuition of new horizons is already present in our reality: new ways of relating to others, new ways to work, new habits, new fears, facing fears for the first time.
Invent, transform, look at the opportunity that presents itself.
I live it as a moment when it's good to know our self a bit and know where we want to go while knowing that we will follow a larger movement of which we are part anyway.
The key word was already for me transform / transmute. Now it's happening as well on more invisibles planes and for large part of population, so that means something even more of course. And it may be just the the first time.
I introduce you "Woman Ocean" which is part of the book / cards project "Women who live in the mother" . Each image in this project represents a part or an aspect of the woman's journey through pregnancy, childbirth and the mother's journey.
The Ocean woman also confronts me with the depths. The whole part that we call unconscious and that in general we know very little. It also reminds me of a vast world. Often the subconscious is the huge iceberg submerged by water, of which we only see the final tip. It reminds me that it deserves to be discovered and explored and that it can be a rich source of wealth. Don't miss it.
I introduce you "Woman of the lake" which is part of the book / cards project "Women who live in the mother" . Each image in this project represents a part or an aspect of the woman's journey through pregnancy, childbirth and the mother's journey. The woman of the lake confronts me to the depths, these aspects often hidden or overlooked. Often we pass judgment and that is also why we find it difficult to see them and even more to accept them. And yet they are there and they are part of us. Even they are the ones that most often guide us, or to put it better, lead us if we persist in not seeing them. It's a lifetime's work to know them, to see our dark side. Dark, I insist, it doesn't mean bad. What happens in the depths changes the transparency of the water in our lake. Accepting does not mean that there is nothing we can do, on the contrary it opens the doors to the transformation that is my watchword. So, I invite you to watch them and not to be afraid.