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29Sep

Glass walls

Glass walls, 2016

I am in love with everything that is glass made. Artistically speaking, glass is one of my great passions, an obsession of mine.

In city development (especially in the last 40 years), architects worldwide have favoured glass as a building material for its transparency, which is synonymous with brightness.

The massive use of glass in buildings (public and private) is justified everywhere by the increased number of facilities and their growing proximity.
Little space between buildings means less light in each apartment.

Glass is functional to increase the pleasantness and livability of homes. In the northern countries, this has always been the primary construction practice.

But in the extensive use of glass in new apartments and offices worldwide, there is a precise psychological indication: daily life is increasingly exposed, an invitation to exhibitionism and voyeurism.

The intimate life becomes like a fiction movie to see on TV, a perfect product for mass consumption.

YOU CAN LOOK BUT NOT TOUCH

This whole thing is like a push towards everyday life virtualization and spectacularity.

The glass allows you to see but also to isolate.
A window (which can always be opened if desired) becomes like the glass of a TV or Personal Computer monitor.

But a wall, even if made of glass, always remains a wall.

ALL THE WORLD IS A SHOWCASE

The phenomenon of globalization is the main responsible for the existence commodification of each of us.

Look around you.
Many young people think that being an ‘influencer’ is a profession.
For many of them, it represents a career to invest in.

This phenomenon represents, for me, the saddest thing in the world: the overwhelming power of emptiness is winning in their hearts.

LIKE IN AN AQUARIUM

I have bizarre dreams in my life’s most challenging and stressful times.
The scenarios have changed over the years, but an ever-present element remains unchanged.

In the dream, somewhere, there is always an aquarium; sometimes, it is just a little glass vase with only one inhabitant, but often it appears enormous and can contain thousands of individuals.

But no endangered fish or exotic, colourful species swim in these aquariums. Human beings swim there with dull, glassy eyes.

An unpleasant vision that feels apocalyptic.
I wake up upset, nervous, and furious.

THE VALUE OF TRANSPARENCY

My photographic works are full of glass because transparency is one of my personal values.
My transparency doesn’t indicate the quality of being ‘invisible’, but it’s the possibility of looking through and beyond.
Anyway, you can always buy a good pair of glasses.

See you.
Daniela


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15Sep

Insomnia

Cannot sleep, 2016

What makes the night a particular time?
From the dawn of humanity, the night is the time when we open the door that allows us to pass from the diurnal dimension to the reality of dreams.
The dream is another reality that we frequent every day.
We live in sleep, dreams and nightmares.

We dream with open eyes as with closed eyes.

A DREAM OR NIGHTMARE LIFE

Problems arise when we cannot easily fall asleep, and we cannot cross the threshold of the dream world.

Insomnia is the most common pathology in humans.
Not sleeping means draining your physical energies; it weakens the mind and prostrates the soul.

Without sleep and without dreams, you die.

Since the beginning of their history, medicine and pharmacopoeia have been concerned with sleep disorders.
We can still efficiently use substances such as chamomile, valerian, passion flower and lemon balm.

Or we can use the trick of counting, counting, counting … counting sheep.

Animals that reassure.

COUNTING SHEEP

Whoever invented this method was perhaps a simple shepherd.
Perhaps because the bucolic landscape of a distant and unreachable Arcadia belongs only to an ideal world, but dreaming is a wonder; it’s beautiful.

Not dreaming depresses you and condemns you to live in a two-dimensional world. A flat land.

I have known several people who were afraid of dreaming.
Genuine fear of living.

SWEET DREAMS

I don’t think that dream is an escape or a secondary, irrelevant dimension of reality.

The dream world is exactly like the waking world.
It has its own rules, where we make experiences consistent with its nature.

Being so close, these two realities significantly influence each other.
Using dreaming experiences is a daily practice for anyone, even when we don’t realize it.

Dreams (and nightmares) are a forge where we produce solutions to what we consider problems in the waking state.
I said solutions, not problems.

A real gold mine.
Sweet dreams.

THE NIGHT BRINGS COUNSEL

… and that’s all, folks.

TENDER IS THE NIGHT

Whatever the cause of your insomnia is, face it with peace of mind.

The more you worry and magnify the problem (which certainly is severe), it will produce precisely the result you don’t want.
Anxiety will become your inseparable companion.

Love your nightmares, and don’t blame yourself unnecessarily.
Accept yourself, and everything will become more bearable.

So, I wish you a good night.

Until next
Daniela


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08Sep

Who will be the last man?

Up or down?, 2016

Today many people, both those belonging to a religion and atheists, believe in the coming of apocalyptic times.

These people are convinced that any critical change (historical, ethical/moral, environmental) leads the world towards a potentially catastrophic end.
Yet, throughout history, there was always someone somewhere on our planet who preached or predicted the coming of such apocalyptic times.
Which, however, no one has ever lived.

Apocalypse, not received.

Whoever puts these distorted and false visions into circulation has a goal that has always remained unchanged throughout history: to arouse fear in the population.

Those who exercise power know that terror and all its variations are the supreme weapons to govern undisturbed.
Whoever is afraid magically transforms himself into the perfect enslaved person.
Terror overwhelms the mind.

THE CHARM OF THE END

But there is more.

Humanity is fascinated by the only goal impossible to reach: extinction.
Human nature as a whole, intended as the set of all possible and probable human existences, cannot be extinguished and will never reach the end.

The human spirit will always create a new situation which will develop new experiences.

No development follows a straight direction, much less from the bottom to the top.
There is no improvement in evolution.

History shows us that evolution is a circular movement called continuous transformation.

Each created being contains all its possible future states.
And the shape that changes is always present and inalienable from all those future shapes.

Life is inalienable.

APPARENT DISTANCES

Why does evolution have a circular motion?
Because the circular one is the infinite movement and defines the perfect shape.
Because the movement of time is not actually linear but circular.

All ancient cultures called it ‘the time of the gods’, of the immortals.
But the gods were created by the fervent human imagination.

Only man exists, eternal and omnipotent.

And therefore, the distance between the hypothetical first and last man is only apparent.
Because the first and last points in a circular series don’t exist.

WHAT HAS NEVER EXISTED WILL NEVER RETURN

So, if the apocalypse is unrealised and unrealisable, it means that it’s only an element with which humanity plays.

Just as it plays eternally with the idyllic time diametrically opposed to the apocalypse:
The golden age of humanity has never existed and will never return.

ASK YOURSELF THE QUESTION AND GIVE YOURSELF THE ANSWER

The human spirit joyfully plays with the wheel of time.

As omnipotent and omniscient, we can never forget who we were, who we are and who we could be.

We are the solution.
Use your desire, the key that will open every door.

Until next
Daniela


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01Sep

The courage to be bizarre

Red room, 2016

I would like to share some unusual thoughts and bizarre questions with you.

Human existence is characterised by searching for an elsewhere to be, to create new and glorious experiences.
We all crave an elsewhere, at any cost.

But where is an elsewhere?

Strange question, but let’s not get upset before there is reason to.

The ‘elsewhere’ is much more than an ordinary physical place.
The ‘elsewhere’ is not even in our heads.
Elsewhere is an infinite number of dimensions, all perfectly accessible, in which we can create unlimited experiences.

So, we can proceed with our talk here or elsewhere.
This fact is advantageous.

WHAT SHAPES AN EXPERIENCE

A fascinating little puzzle.

The compulsive and tireless creator ( that each of us is ) loves infinite variety and extreme personalisation.

Perception is the tool which brings out that unique and unrepeatable vision of an event that I will call ‘my’ experience.

Think about how the same event can generate experiences of opposite signs in different people.

For most people dying is a tragedy; for some, a liberation and, for a few, even an honour.

But dying is and remains only a routine in this dimension, in which it’s considered an essential experience and an inevitable factor.

Ciak, action: death makes us unique.

DON’T BE AUTOMATIC

Let’s make a brief summary of what influences our perception:

1 Our culture
2 Our personal story
3 The automatic association with a particular sensation

When we were children, someone scolded us and gave us a hard slap in the face.

Most of us will likely have associated the slap with guilt, error, humiliation, pain, anger, shame and despair.

Thus, if someone in adult life slaps us again, it’s very likely that we will associate the same feelings and emotions with this experience.

Maybe even the same reaction.

But if we consciously change our perception, the slap received can take, for example, the evangelical meaning of ‘turn the other cheek’.

In short, if we don’t insert the automatic pilot, we are always free to decide how and what to feel in every single experience.

A horse of a different colour.

EVERYTHING MATTERS BECAUSE, IN REALITY, IT MATTERS NOT

From whatever perspective you are evaluating your life, be aware that it’s only a point of view and that even the most miserable among existences can be the most exciting and adventurous and that a life lived with ease can be a masterpiece of endless boredom.

And for today, that’s all, folks, from my scarlet study.

Until next
Daniela


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25Aug

Time splinters

Recreation time, 2018

Talking about time would take an infinite amount of time.

I will therefore try to splinter only a few fragments.

I propose my personal experiences and observations of the time, and I promise you that I’ll be concise.

I’ll not waste your precious time.

TICK, TOCK, TICK, TOCK, TICK, TOCK …

The sand runs fast between the fingers.

I’ll be waiting for you tomorrow, my love; I can’t wait to see you again.

Do you think it’s the proper hour to return home?

When I immerse myself in creating a new work of art, time doesn’t exist.

When I make love with the one I love, time freezes.

When I do things I don’t like, time never goes by.

When I’m in good company, time flies.

But the clock, imperturbable, is always the same:
tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock …

TIME AND ITS FORMS

Time is one of the dimensions in which the being expresses itself as action.
It’s a dynamic dimension of being.

This is a list of the main types of time, which are just some of its forms:

1 Natural time
2 Cultural time
3 Psychological time
4 Dreamtime

All these forms are the ones that most influence our experience in this dimension of reality.

Our language is also shaped by time because almost all of our actions are placed in the temporal dimension.

Are you bored?
Are you wasting your precious time reading what I have written?

Or are you already imagining or daydreaming about another world, perhaps without time?

THERE ‘S A TIME FOR EVERYTHING; THAT’S THE NOW

Men have always known (it doesn’t matter if they are aware of it or not ) that the only point of time in which they live their earthly experience is the present.

This is an irrefutable reality.

Some of us can also interact with the past and modify the events.

But that’s another story.

THE ETERNAL, THE INFINITY

The splinter of an object doesn’t allow us to see the thing in its entirety.

At most, we can only deduce or imagine it.

So, with the passing of time, we have to seize the moment.

The peculiarity of the temporal dimension is that it has no time, or rather, its dimension has no limitations.

There is an eternal and infinite time, where all its possible forms are contemporary and inalienable.

Here I stop.
Today is Sunday, and I have my recreation time.

Until next
Daniela


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18Aug

Like the heart’s beat

Resurrection, 2020

Today I want to address a bar topic, something that each of us discusses with friends and family daily:
the resurrection.

1 Resurrection of who?
2 Resurrection where?
3 Resurrection why?

This is not trivial: most people have a deep and paralysing fear of dying.

This fear belongs to men and women across the board, regardless of culture, religion, race or age.

Thousands of years of human reflection on the subject haven’t served to mitigate (or exorcise) death.

But I am convinced that many people are also afraid of being resurrected among you.

TRUE OR FALSE ISSUE?

It’s not about believing in something or having faith in someone.
It’s a question of observing a fact that is difficult to refute: life is something inextinguishable, as well as personal identity.

In other words: what exists is and will be forever.

Eternal means that it has no definite starting point and no end.

Being is eternal; the forms of being are infinite, continuously created and recreated and subject to permanent change.

Therefore death and resurrection are synonymous with the same action: mutation.

I answer the first question: being is the one who changes, who rises again.

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY

In our reality, we experience space as a place.
We think in terms of moving the matter from one place to another.

But if being is eternal (therefore not subject to the direct influence of time), in which place (or rather, dimension) do we rise again (that is, we change)?

Since the dimensions of reality are infinite in number, our choice has no limitations.

Don’t panic, dear friends!
We are always free to choose according to our needs and preferences.

There’s only one difference between who is afraid of dying (and being resurrected) and who is not: awareness.

I answer the second question: wherever we want and desire to be.

ANYWHERE AND EVERYWHERE IS RESURRECTION

The resurrection, described in this way, may seem almost a trivial action.

On the contrary, I would call it natural.

In the mists of time, some men have taken this action very seriously: resurrection is a matter of practice, worship and culture.

In ancient times the cult of Mithras (of oriental origins) generates more or less directly in the West the figure of Christ, who is the duplicate of the ‘Deus Sol Invictus’.

In the east, for example, in Hinduism, there is the idea of ​​’Mukti’ or the complete liberation of the human soul (atman) from the cycles of existence which occurs when it is finally ready to merge or dissolve entirely in the soul of the world ( Brahman).

The alchemical doctrine is the purest theory and practice of ‘transmutation’.
The Philosopher’s Stone is the symbol and image of mutation and resurrection.

The ‘Araba Fenice, always her.

STILL FEAR?

The third question I have to answer is: why be resurrected?

The answer is: that it’s inevitably part of being and inseparable from it.

Getting out of bed in the morning is also a resurrection …

Until next
Daniela


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11Aug

Easy as cooking a broth

Hooked, 2020

In his daily practice, each artist must answer two questions:
Because?
How?

They always appear in just this sequence order.
And after all, any action that’s negligible or fatally important follows this rule.

You always have to start from an idea, even if it may still be vague!

This idea wants to have a body, a shape.
And giving birth it isn’t always as easy as cooking broth.

TO BECOME THE IDEA

Why am I an artist?
Because I like the danger.
Because the unknown and the new upset me.
And even if they scare me, I can’t resist their charm.

What could be more multifaceted and changeable than a concept, an idea?
During my life, I have found myself involved in bizarre and dangerous situations, but creative activity is the most surprising.

When the artist creates, he always plays a game with himself, and it’s not to take for grant that he’ll come out to be the winner.
The important thing is never to take yourself too seriously: becoming an idea is exciting.

BUT WHAT COMES INTO YOUR MIND?

Yes, conceptual art is often irritating and outrageously ugly, but it never leaves the viewer indifferent.

The aesthetic of disgust always remains a type of aesthetic.
Arousing disgust is having hit the target anyway.

‘Fountain’ by Marcel Duchamp and ‘Artist’s shit’ by Piero Manzoni docent.
But suppose you don’t like vulgar objects like urinals or shit… in that case, you can always turn your attention to something utterly neutral like Salvatore Gerau’s ‘immaterial sculptures’, where there is nothing that can disgust or upset you except emptiness.
The void is empty but, beware, it isn’t nothingness …

Think about this, carefully.

MAYBE IT’S NOT JUST A WORD PLAY

As an artist, I defend any free and conscious expression (but also unconscious is perfectly fine), and I always hope that it’s generated by an act of pure joy or anger and not just necessarily for the sake of mere aesthetical beauty.

Playing with concepts and ideas is undoubtedly an art too.

So try to move even an inch from your seat, and your perspective will inevitably change.

Maybe even drastically.
Maybe even for the better.

Until next
Daniela


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30Jun

Who little sows, harvests little

Percival, 2021

Reading a book is discovering one world, one universe to be recreated every time, giving life to every word in the imagination. In this case, you should also imagine the ending that doesn’t exist. I invite you to take a fantastic journey in one of my private library books.

More than a book of chivalrous adventures, ‘Perceval’ by Chrétien de Troyes it’s a book that speaks of the highest human values.

Let yourself be overwhelmed by the tale of the exploits of the young knight Perceval, who knew nothing and couldn’t be able to ask the right questions.

For this, he suffered a lot.

THE DEAD FOREST

Indeed none of us would find it very exciting to be born and raised in ‘Dead Forest’.

But if you are young and fascinated by everything around you and the promises of your young life, you wouldn’t be scared.

The heroes are all young and beautiful. All-time.

THE WICKED, THE COWARDS AND THE INFAMOUS DON’T FALL BECAUSE THEY ARE ALREADY DOWN

Perceval may seem like a naive boy to you, but he has the good fortune to meet some wise teachers in his lifetime. The values ​​that he’ll believe in and forge him as an individual are imperishable.

The world has not changed: evil cowardice and infamy are always on the world stage and more and more in fashion.

Be always on your guard, like valiant knights.

WHO TAUNTS, MAKES FUN OF HIMSELF

Everything happens when its time has come.

While you’re growing up, you learn many things from experiences.The insult is a damn boomerang; rest assured.

Seneschal Keu quickly paid the consequences: a dislocated shoulder and a broken arm.Perceval swore revenge and kept his promise.

EVERY JOB REQUIRES COURAGE, PAIN AND EXPERIENCE

Wisdom has no time, and often priceless treasures are hidden behind seemingly banal and self-evident phrases.

For many of us who have fought hard to do the job we love and were born for, the title of this paragraph summarises the whole story of our existence in a few words.

But no one, if not ourselves, will ever know what human value those challenging and exalting experiences have generated in our life. And what incredible light they radiate on the world around us and of which we are the centre.

So love every second of difficulty, doubt, and agony you went through to reach your goal. Perceval is young, inexperienced and naive, but he has an unshakable will and determination.

TO BE SILENT MORE THAN YOU SHOULD

Did it happen to you to be silent more than necessary or, on the contrary, to have talked more than necessary?

Don’t blame yourself. You have always tried to do your best.

Ancient wisdom tells us to be always authentic and, above all, follow our genuine instincts and the voice that speaks inside you. That’s the voice of your divinity working for you that never lies and never does wrong.

Be patient like a true initiate.

May the force be with you, always.

Until next

Daniela


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23Jun

A summer by the sea

Passaggio del Mar Rosso, 2021

Summer is coming, and many people are starting to plan their holidays.
The majority will seek refreshment and recreation on the shores of lakes, rivers or seas around the globe.

But water can also be terribly dangerous.

For the passengers on the Titanic, for example, it was by no means a relaxing yet unforgettable vacation.

HOLIDAY OR ESCAPE?

In contemporary man’s mentality and language, vacation and escape are often synonymous.

Have you ever thought of your holidays as escapes from the city, from the daily routine
of your working life?

The story I want to draw your attention to is the biblical story of the Israelites crossing the Red Sea.

The story of a daring escape.

WE MAY AMAZE YOU WITH SPECIAL EFFECTS

Eloha Jahweh is undoubtedly one of the most skilled and ingenious special effects creators, an amazing large-scale magic ‘performer’.

Even Moses is like a magic wand in his hands, nothing more.

The magic show was spectacular: simultaneously carrying out an escape and a massacre.
The sea is transformed into an escape route to safety and, at the same time, into a clockwork death device.

The name ‘Red Sea’ could not have been more perfect, prophetic: a colour blood sea.

FREE TO BE SLAVES

Contemporary history, despite the inexorable unfolding of millennia of human civilisation, shows the massive presence of
dictators and dictatorships (often cleverly disguised as democracies) around the world.

We sadly acknowledge, dear friends, that freedom is frightening for most of humanity.

Total personal responsibility throws billions of human souls into utter panic.

I believe that the faithful and followers of any religion or spiritual movement that provides for the total acceptance of dogmatic doctrines (religious or secular) have this attitude of rejection of their natural, inalienable and unlimited freedom.

They voluntarily enslave themselves.
But rarely a slave is happy.

The only freedom of a slave is to obey.

The case of the Israelites is emblematic: first slaves of the Egyptian Pharaoh, then slaves of Jahweh.
Always and in any case, slaves.

THE QUESTION OF CLIMATE CHANGE

One final observation I dedicate to all people seriously concerned about climate change.

Our human culture is dotted with ancient people who labelled natural events (especially catastrophic ones as the division of the Red Sea’s waters certainly is) as magical or miraculous events.

It is perhaps trivial to say that climate changes have always existed, even those of significant impact, but that’s how it is.

So, let’s meditate, people, meditate.

Until next
Daniela


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26May

We always do the right thing at the right time

Surge – Wake up, 2017

I tell you honestly: none of us has ever made a mistake or done the wrong thing.

And there is more: chance does not exist.

In this regard, I would recommend you the brief but illuminating reading of C.G. Jung’s essay on ‘Synchronicity’.

Even dying on the cross is not a fact that happens by chance.

It is notable in the 9th scene of the ‘Via Crucis’ the clear awareness of Christ: he falls for the third time under the cross’ weight knowing his death will only be a very short-lived event.

He is sure of it.

THE KINGDOM OF MAXIMUM SYSTEMS

The best system among the best strategies:

willing to resurrect is always inside us, and it’s not an exclusive prerogative of God’s son.

This is the realm of the infinite power system.

Halleluja.

TIME IS A MOCKING BEAST

Three days is enough to revolutionise one life, but the action of resurrection seems a more complex issue.

So I advise you to take the time you need, follow your instinct, and try because it’s worth it.

I AM THE PHOENIX

We are pushed to accomplish extreme actions in difficult times: the century’s coup, a trip to Mars, and some miracles here and there.

That is, the impossible.

An old advertising campaign for a well-known sportswear brand said: impossible is nothing.

I definitely agree.

Now I suggest a new slogan, ‘The phoenix in power’.

Until next

Daniela


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