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08Dec

Darker the night, brighter the stars

“To kill yourself, you have to love yourself a lot” – from “Les Justes” by Albert Camus.

Committing suicide.

For many people, it’s taboo.Every one of us has thought about committing a self-destructive act at least once. For me, every death is merely a different way of committing suicide. 

Some people I knew killed themselves. Through this action, they have pointed out that dying is a right. It is a human, inalienable need.

Those who deliberately decide to die want to continue living and not surviving. The suicides yearn to regain the magic in their lives and to grasp a new feeling of enthusiasm in themselves. Suicide is the attempt to tumble gently down, like a softly fainting you need to wake up free again.

Recently the view of an overpass brought back to my mind the memories of these fantastic people and many suicidal fellow artists.

A busy street and a bridge.

A road doesn’t offer a single route and doesn’t establish one single destination.

In this project, every image shows the different and unique points of view of these personalities, how they lived their lives and their intimate relation to this particular act of losing their physical body.

I perceived their feelings: anger, a sense of freedom, sadness, joy, triumph, resignation, loneliness, nostalgia, and melancholy.

But, most of all, a sense of urgency and the need to stop suffering.

Cars in the street run fast.

Our existences rush as cars. Or like ships on the sea that always leave their trails.

And if your life is becoming like a stormy sea into a night darker than ever, you can feel that the act of suicide can be a guide, the brighter star into this dark sky.It can lead you to the harbour and give you shelter.

In loving memory of:

Jeanne Hébuterne ( age 21 )

Richard Gerstl ( age 25 )

Yukio Mishima ( age 45 )

Anne Sexton ( age 46 )

Diane Arbus ( age 48 )

Oskar (the brother I would always want – age 60 )

Benedetto (my love – age 73 )


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01Dec

The music is over?

The music is over, 2022

One proverb says, ‘ The game is good if it doesn’t last long ‘.

This reality sets us to enjoy things and situations that are limited in time and space. The certainty of the end constitutes the joy of the moment, of the present.

Strangely, mankind fears the word, the concept, and the condition of the end.
Maybe just because it’s inevitable?

THE END IS AN ILLUSION

The end, being what it is, cannot be defined.
It can only be experienced.
And to experience it, you need to be present and aware.

The very nature of the end is that it cannot be known until it happens.
It cannot be described: it simply is.

And knowing that it exists helps us organise and conceive our life.

Throughout history, some men constantly affirmed that the end is a pure illusion of the senses and mind.

Nothing dies definitively; never.
Everything is transformed into an unstoppable motion.

If only we remembered that each of us is as big as the entire universe, that we are ‘universal’, we would not be afraid of the end and would look at it with curiosity.

THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING BEHIND THE CORNER

The end (whatever its nature is ) is a new reality to be explored.
And there is nothing to fear.


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24Nov

The world game

L’oeuvre au noir, 2021

When I discovered the existence of alchemy, I was immediately fascinated by the subject.

I started studying it right away.

And the more I studied it as one of the branches of natural philosophy, the more I became convinced that it was one of the oldest games ever invented: the world game.

Everyone can participate following precise basic rules, but to win, as in the chess game, you have to create your own original strategy.

In short, you have to unleash the artist within you.

Because of its importance, all the most ancient human societies and cultures have practised alchemy since the dawn of time.

Alchemy is an art that has survived intact to this day.

A DARK HEART TURNING IN FLAMING RED

There are four phases in the alchemical game:

  • Nigredo or melanosis
  • Albedo or leucosis
  • Citrinitas or xanthosis
  • Rubedo or iosis

To win the final prize, the ‘ Philosopher’s Stone ‘, we must master some esoteric languages ​​(such as that of symbols), practice some specific actions and overcome all four phases.

I am convinced that to keep alchemical art (whose key word is ‘transmutation’) safe from any abuse, alchemists have wisely created a material ‘backdrop’ capable of concealing the secret scenario, the spiritual one.

Therefore they created a double scientific scenario: the material deals with the study and transmutation of the elements of matter; the spiritual one leads the individual through a continuous change of his awareness towards the most authentic knowledge of his own being.

The alembic is for the most materialistic individuals, and the human heart, which turns from black to red, is, for the spiritual alchemists, the gold of one’s divine nature.

MEDITATE AND STUDY

Unsurprisingly, the most authoritative scholars (and practitioners) of alchemical art were the highest religious and political power representatives.
Not by chance, many of them were also eminent scientists.

Many alchemists were artists.

Many different paths can be chosen to conquer the philosopher’s stone, but some seem to be the most direct.

The safest ways to achieve success are those roads where discipline, introspective isolation, and creativity must be practised daily.

NO WORDS TO COMMUNICATE THE INEFFABLE

If you still do not feel irresistibly attracted to alchemy as it happened to me, I recommend you to take a look at one of the most famous and strange books dedicated to “Opus Magnus”: the “Mutus Liber”.

The main feature of this book, whose author remains hidden behind a pseudonym, is that of being composed of 15 illustrated plates, of which only the 1st, 13th and 14th are accompanied by short, enigmatic texts.

If you are fascinated, it means that you are ready to start the search for the “stone”, and your journey will begin under the best auspices.

THE CIRCLE OF LIFE

Alchemy is the world game or the art of life.

The oldest alchemical symbol is the ouroboros, the snake that biting its tail generates the world.
The primordial serpent represents wisdom and knowledge that produces a circular, perfect and perennial movement, feeding on itself.

None can escape from himself.


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17Nov

Repeat it, over and over again…

Solar mandala, 2022

One of the most effective methods for exercising memory and facilitating learning in humans (children and adults) is that of repetition.

As children, we learn a lot from simple nursery rhymes, whose musical cadence reminds us of the reassuring lullabies sung by mothers.

In primary schools, it’s customary to have children memorise poems and songs.

The Latins said that “repetita juvant”: is always helpful to repeat a concept, a sentence, or a poem.
Everything will remain indelible in your mind.

AS YOU WANT ME TO BE

But if the mind is like mouldable clay at will, always be attentive to the communicative world surrounding you.

Consider how many times an advertising slogan is repeated that wants to lead you to a specific purchase.

And even the official information, obsessively repeating certain news to you (sometimes true, sometimes false), manipulates your mind and your reactions by inducing you to act in specific ways.

A PRIVILEGED WAY

Repetition is the heart and strength of prayer in all religious forms.

We pray daily and often do so collectively.

Many religions have adopted the prayer form of the “rosary”.
Examples are the Indian “mala”, the Islamic “tasbih”, and the Japanese Buddhist “juzu”.

There are also forms of sacred graphic repetition, such as oriental “mandalas”, used to convey calm and serenity in the person who draws them.
The shape chosen to make these drawings is the circular one, that is, the one that represents the eternal continuity of the cycle of things and beings, which is destined to repeat itself but never in the same way, never perfectly equal to itself.

REMAIN ATTENTIVE SPECTATORS

Everything that is repeated shapes and settles in our minds and soul.

So it’s essential to remain attentive and aware of what you listen to and say.

Until next.


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10Nov

Silence, please

Eat that question, 2022

Having a good relationship with silence is a question of character.

Silence is always present around us, like that wallpaper you barely notice on the walls of certain houses.

Din is generated in the bowels of silence, and not vice versa.

SILENCE IS ALWAYS A DIFFERENT QUESTION

What happens when silence takes over inside and outside of us?

How many questions arise in a disorderly, ramshackle way piled on top of each other?

Silence is like good wine: it stuns and, as the Latins claim (in vino, veritas / in wine, the truth), it always contains the truth.
All possible truths.

However, meeting silence also makes your wrists tremble.

When that happens, you need to be ready for anything.

ACT IN SILENCE

In silence, every action is best performed.
You can follow them undisturbed, see them in full light, naked, in all their splendour.

Clearly see the world in action.
See the world in total transparency.

SILENCE IS A MAGNIFYING GLASS

Look into your silence.
You will find everything that truly has value.
You will find your treasures.

Make peace with silence.

Until next


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03Nov

The road in the wood

The Utopia forest, 2022

The forest is a mysterious and magical place.

It’s one of those earthly places where the human being is accepted and tolerated, but he’s not always a welcome guest.

They are those places where human beings are not the majority.

But unlike seas, mountains and expanses of ice, which are places where men can live by claiming their nature, to live in a forest, man must become a creature of the woods and allow his vision of the world to change, on pain of death.

THE MOST SACRED TEMPLE

I am Roman, and I know that the origins of the Latin people are hidden in the woods.

Before the foundation of Rome with an Etruscan rite, the Capitoline Hill and the wood that covered its slopes were the reign of the fugitive god Saturn. Saturn, hidden in the woods,  taught the peoples of Lazio (whose name derives from the Latin term “Latium”, which means “hidden”) the art of agriculture, inaugurating for the Latins ‘The golden age ‘, that is, an era of peace and abundance

Saturn initiated the ancestors of Rome to the civilisation of customs and the secret laws of civil life. All ancient civilisations have performed the most sacred and secret initiation rites in the woods since the dawn.

The wood was the most sacred and naturally inviolable temple of humanity.

If you love the woods as I do, their sacredness and their magic, you can read J.Frazer’s essay by the anthropologist “The Golden Bough”.

You will have fun and be surprised.

THE SABBATH AND THE FAIRIES

Witches have always been regular visitors to the woods.

Searching for medicinal herbs or herbs to prepare magical ointments and potions is the most essential activity for witches, ancient and modern. WICCA (the neopagan movement founded in 1954 by Gerald Gardner) also refers to this ancient woodland tradition.

 The Sabbath has always occurred in a secluded clearing deep in the woods.

Don’t also forget the fairies, the gnomes, and the elves all over the planet always live in the woods, the most magical place there is. So if you go to the woods be sure that, sooner or later, you will meet these hosts.

Be respectful guests. Know that someone will be watching you, always.

WHERE TO START AND WHERE TO END

I have had the most significant experiences of my life in the woods.

I have imagined and fantasised several times about how my death will happen.

I visualised it several times in a dream: it was always in a wood where I felt at home, at peace with myself and the whole universe.

The hardest thing was to find the way in that magical world to reach the other world.

But I don’t get discouraged easily.


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27Oct

Life in the showcase

The Big Brother, 2018

I must confess: I am a daughter of Saturn and my nature is shy and reserved.

This does not mean being a savage or an unsociable person.
I love the company of my fellow men and converse with them.

I love the closeness and direct confrontation with a limited group of people, with whom I can talk by looking them in the eye.

Don’t you like it too?
I know we are millions, maybe billions.

But a phenomenon has spread for years as a daily practice of billions of individuals in our globalised society: uncontrolled voyeurism or “Big Brother Syndrome”.

A pathological form of “life by proxy”.

FORCED EXPOSURE

I’m curious, not afraid of news, and I like challenges if the stakes are interesting.

But I find nothing positive in this life experience ‘ by proxy ‘. I consider it an unpleasant and toxic experience, especially for those who do not yet have a mature, delineated personality.

Young people are psychologically immature.
They are vulnerable.

Unfortunately, they are the most numerous technology consumers applied to communication: the Internet, social media, television and cinema.

Over the last decade, anyone who doesn’t showcase their life on social media is an inadequate person to live in that world.
Anyone who doesn’t conform to this is not an integrated
member in the virtual community.

Each reality has its laws, its rules.
But even human nature jealously preserves all its prerogatives intact: it needs privacy and real contact.
The clash between these two antagonistic realities can lead to incurable conflicts, often pathological, sometimes fatal, in the individual.

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN

The reality of the conflict I am discussing is nothing new ( private vs public ).
But the scenario is different: a social network does not allow natural, genuine interaction between humans.

When you meet with colleagues in the workplace, with classmates at school or with friends from the bar, you do so in specific places for a limited time.
When the leaving time arrives, you say ‘ Bye Bye! Good night everybody, see you tomorrow ‘, and everyone goes home.

Now on the web (virtual) contact can occur with an unspecified number of people, 24 hours a day.

Today, privacy is limited to a few minutes a day for millions of individuals.
The rest is in the public domain.
They love to live like this.

But this life practice is quite dangerous.
Living and working without being spied on every minute or feeling free to wander the streets of the world, knowing that I am like any other man in a crowd, it’s vital to all of us.
Don’t you love the freedom of anonymity?

DO YOU SERIOUSLY WANT TO BECOME FAMOUS?

I feel you are giggling and that, as soon as you read the question, a sardonic smile appeared on your lips …
What the heck! Of course, yes!

Fame is indisputably associated with positive values:
fame = glory
fame = money
fame as a prerequisite for the happiness of this and the other world.

But someone can often become famous for events or characteristics that are anything but positive.
Consider the fame of serial killers or big criminals over the centuries.

Consider the large number of personalities from the entertainment and art world who complain of psychological problems or drug addiction.

Among them, the number of suicides is not irrelevant …

But yes, let’s laugh!

IT’S TRUE WHAT YOU CAN SELL

The sentence that serves as the last paragraph’s title is not mine but of the German philosopher Herbert Marcuse who accurately prophesied what has been happening now.

The Marcusian “one-dimensional” man (i.e. the consumer of industrial society) has himself become a commodity (think of the QRcode pass created to limit the COVID contagion).

This web 3.0 ‘ life in the showcase h24 a day ‘ already seems like goods on sale that it’s losing its value.


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20Oct

Investigating the darkness

Lightnings splinters, 2022

I am Italian. I am Roman.
Throughout the course of human history, the lineage of man has lived and prospered in this country.

The humanity that inhabited these territories was heartfelt, inventive and creative in an almost obsessive, uncontrollable way.

The Rasenna people (better known as the Etruscans) have influenced and contributed substantially to the birth and development of Rome and its culture.

Rome was founded with an Etruscan rite, and the Senate of the Republic consulted the ‘Sibillini Books’ (probably of Etruscan origin) to make the most critical decisions for the fate of the Eternal City.

The oracular response is the word of the gods, and knowing how to interpret it is a sublime art.

The Aruspice or divinatory priest is, for the Etruscans and the Romans, the one who possesses exceptional sensitivity.
The intuition that comes directly from the gods.

‘ LIBRI FULGURALES ‘ OR THE BOOKS OF LIGHTNING

Ancient people loved and venerated the sky. Everything that nourishes man and the earth comes from above.
And in the signs of heaven, it is possible to read all kinds of messages.
Lightning is one of the most important celestial signs.

As a child, the vision of a lightning bolt in the gloomy, rain-filled sky caused me a deep fascination and amazement.
I am always attracted to that light that breaks through, violent and unexpected.
Pure energy.

I find a profound similarity between the artists of every age and these ancient visionary priests: their art consisted in looking into the dark and waiting for a sign.

Every artist is also waiting for that flash in the dark: his imagination will shine as lightning in his soul and generate new, prodigious, divine creations.

The ‘Libri Fulgurales ‘ were written only for those who would be able to interpret them.

IF YOU GAZE LONG ENOUGH INTO AN ABYSS, THE ABYSS WILL GAZE BACK INTO YOU.

In my life, I have never stopped studying, searching, and connecting data and notions that are only apparently distant.

The book of life is about everything and is written in every possible language.
Everything is in everything.

In my studies, philosophy plays a fundamental role.
The sentence by F. Nietzsche, which gives the title to this paragraph, seems to fit magnificently to the figure of these ancient interpreters of signs, visionaries of the future and their loving relationship with it.

The abyss sees, loves and never judges anyone.
Love the abyss.

Until next

Daniela


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13Oct

Amazing Geometry

The unexpected guest, 2017

In symbolic language, the stairs have an ambivalent meaning.

The stairs can be climbed or descended.

A proverb says, ‘ The world is a stairway: in life there’s ups and downs ‘.

What fascinates me about the staircase is the fact that it’s an immobile structure whose function is to promote movement.
The staircase is an architectural representation of dynamism.
Its geometric shape is simple, the maximum of functionality.

Over the centuries, the most famous architects transformed the stairs into works of art.
In its realisation, the staircase often takes the shape of a spiral, another symbol of eternal movement.

THE ESCHER GAZE

M.Escher represented the stair as the essential element of an infinite spiral in his engravings.

His characters spend their lives passing from one environment to another, imprisoned in a long sequence of infinite stairs, in a geometrically harmonic reality.

It’s no coincidence that the artistic movements of Cubism, Pointillism and Vorticism were born in the early ‘900, which inextricably linked their names to geometry and mathematics.

Even abstract art, however, has its own precise geometric balance, where the eye of the beholder rests on creating his personal view.

HITCHCOCK LOVED STAIRS TOO

The spiral and the stairs are the key elements of the final scene of the famous film by Alfred Hitchcock entitled (not surprisingly) ‘Vertigo’.

The title refers to vertigo the protagonist has from a severe accident.
But a closer reading of the events suggests that Judy’s character is also the centre of a spiral that wraps around itself, formed by her alter egos, Madeleine and Carlotta.

SURPRISE YOURSELF

Material reality is a fantastic and kaleidoscopic geometric symphony.

So take your time up or down the stairs.

Until next
Daniela


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06Oct

Solitude beings

Our house, 2016

For me, solitude has represented a precious value and a severe and impartial life teacher.

Loneliness (inserted in the proper perspective and certainly not in absolute value) is a condition that allows us to know, reach and preserve the most precious state that governs the spiritual, mental and physical health of the human being: equilibrium.

In music, the pause value is the same as the notes.
The result of this balance is harmony.

If you can make complete silence within yourself, you will have the surprise and joy of hearing the sound of your true, authentic voice.

LISTEN

When you accept the challenge that solitude demands, you are taking an invitation to the most intimate knowledge of yourself.
Accepting solitude means recognising that you are the fulcrum of your existence, the pillar that will never collapse, the safe shelter and the counsellor who makes no mistake and will never lie to you.

Never fear silence, don’t be scared.

BEATA SOLITUDO

The famous phrase in which solitude is defined as ‘blessed’ is Latin.
Sublime definition.

IN MEDIUM STAT VIRTUS ( VIRTUE LIES IN THE MIDDLE, IN THE BALANCE POINT )

However, one thing must be pointed out: the proper balance to which I refer is the condition of equilibrium between loneliness and everyday sociality.

In this case, also, a Latin proverb comes to clarify the issue. It reaffirms the art of living is knowing how to manage the balance of opposites.

For the Romans, the wise man is the one who lives ‘cum grano salis’, that is, always with intelligence.

BLAISE PASCAL AND JOHN DONNE, AKA THE OPPOSITES, TOUCH ONE ANOTHER

The philosopher Blaise Pascal and the poet John Donne describe the actions men can use to reach happiness with different words, so much so that they seem to have opposite perspectives.

But in reality, their points of view are nothing more than the face of the same coin:

  • ‘ All of man’s misfortune comes from one thing, which is not knowing how to sit quietly in a room ‘ (Blaise Pascal)
  • ‘ No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine… ‘(John Donne)

We are all here, in the same boat.
So don’t row against the current and be silent.
Shhhhhhhhhh…

Until next
Daniela


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