GROUNDING EXPERIENCES AND HABITATIONS - Connecting with the space
IDENTITY - Self Connections - Memories and experimentation of an expanded time in the present
TIME IS ELUSIVE
ARCHEOLOGY OF A LIMINAL SPACE & TIME
TREE OF LIFE
The work “Tree of life” addresses the transitory and cyclical nature of our presence in the world. Death and life are complementary rather than opposite conditions of our existence.
A FEATHER BETWEEN US
THE FOUR STATES OF MATTER
Letters of the Alphabet, 7 x 7 in, 2020.
Letters of the Alphabet, 7 x 12 in, 2020.
Punctuation, 7 x 7 in, 2020.
Polarities, 7 x 7 in, 2020.
Earth Fragments, 12 x 12 in, 2020.
Studies for Compositions
Studies for Composition, Archeology series, canvas + stones + wood + feathers + bird and wasp nests + acrylic paint, 52 x 61 in, 2020.
We are in a LIMINAL situation: the past will never come back and we do not know what the future will be.
Since the pandemic I left the city and came to live in the countryside.
Isolation has stimulated a profound reflection on the difficult times we were (and still are) going through, the suffering of so many people, and the increasing degradation of our natural resources.
A theory I read a while ago about the reasons that led prehistoric men to make paintings in the depths of caves, came to my mind and moved me. Prehistoric men believed that the Earth was the MOTHER of all living beings. The hidden spaces inside the caves would be like her womb. The animals they hunted for food were gestated there. In order to accelerate the birth of these creatures, they tried to identify them in the recesses and protrusions of the walls, detaching and painting them, thus bringing them to a concrete plane.
I found this theory very inspiring, and sensed a feeling of belonging, a great admiration and respect for our planet. I also felt a strong need of doing something through art, as a contribution to positively face the challenges we are dealing with now.
How to pay a tribute to Earth and ground in a world we no longer recognize?
I started collecting stones, branches, feathers, bones and other objects found in nature near me. They were sewed on canvas scraps to compose an alphabet, words and phrases in Morse code. All sewing was done with the canvas thread itself. I used Morse code during childhood; doing so in this project, brought me to my past. It was a way to anchor. Memories remind us of who we are, where we come from, and allow us to envision which direction we want to take.
The resulting work is a flag representing our home, GAIA. Those shards of the daily existence constitute an ARCHEOLOGY OF A LIMINAL SPACE & TIME.
Some additional thought:Morse code can be seen as a precursor of the binary system. According to the philosopher Vilém Flusser, we have two types of media to transmit codes or messages: the linear one, in which the thought is expressed in text, and the one involving the surface, in which thoughts are expressed in images. Digital technology opened a new Age in which image and text are integrated, as image translated in a binary system becomes also text. But we are still conditioned by the linear character of a narrative. It is necessary that the "thought-in-surface" incorporate the "thought-in-line". Only then will we be moving towards a new mental structure.