You will forgive me if I start our weekly appointment with a quote from an old, famous Italian song, which you may like to listen to clicking here (highly recommended, Mina is a famous and sophisticated Italian performer).
‘Parole’ is translated as ‘words’.
I believe in the immense power of words.
They are able to uplift you to heaven, or to create despair and abandonment.
They unveil reality.
I love creating a story around each of my paintings, and I usually post both when a piece is on sale.
In a few words I guide the viewer to look through my eyes at the meaning of the portrait. Words and colours fuse and permeate a soulful insight of reality.
Of course, it is a mere suggestion. We are always called to look beyond.
Beyond the first glance.
Beyond the first meaning.
Yesterday I was interviewed by the amazing Steve Brooks of Wackylamps on his Instagram page (click here). In this interview I dedicate some time to outline my WHY as a professional artist.
Why do I paint?
Why am I driven to art?
Everything I do is to embrace the love and the intense emotions I have inside.
I believe we are all craving a deep knowing of our spiritual selves.
I just happen to narrate the intangible thoughts in my dreamlike, emotional paintings.
With a delay of one week due to bad weather conditions and my physical sickness, at the last weekend I was able to visit an exhibition of paintings by people hospitalized in the mental hospital of my town, which is now closed, from 1960 to 1980. An art collective was created within the medical stucture to emphasize the therapeutic function of art.
My mother started to work in 1978 as a doctor in that mental hospital, during the night. She always tells me that she was so inexperienced and awed by people that she used to lock herself in the studio, even there was no real danger in the contact with patients.
Better to let the pictures speak, but I leave for you some provocative questions, with the hope that we can all have a discussion on my Facebook page, in this specific post.
What is normality? What is abnormality?
Is our deliberate judgement or assumption that marks the line of separation between sane and insane, or do we need a medical certification?
If I say that trees speak to me, and I hear their voices, will you think that I am a fool and I require medical treatment or will you simply think that I’ve watched too many New Age videos?
Every single person who lived in that mental hospital had a story, that somehow the Story, the one with the capital letter, has neglected and canceled.
They had hopes. Maybe they loved Christmas, they loved looking at the snow flakes falling.
Did they dance under the rain?
I feel relief when I think that painting might have brought to them some awareness of the feelings they wanted to represent, as art is always, and I underline always, intentional, since the dawn of times.
A selection of the artwork follows, but you can find all the pictures uploaded in this Facebook post. I’ll also go live to give you a global overview of the experience!!!!