“….to create with the patience of the artisan and the silence of the tree, with the love of the mother and the calmness of the mountain”
‘And Being Nothing is Everything', The Non-Conceptual Path
Through stillness I understand the oneness, and inside this process I paint. Stillness is where I find contemplation and creativity. Silence and stillness are not conceptual knowledge but our essential nature, we are inseparable from stillness - the “I am” that is deeper than name and form. The awareness of silence brings the inner still alertness. Nature is deeply rooted in stillness and being.
My non-conceptual paintings exist in absence of cerebral questions and answers; there is nothing to solve. The most important aspect of the work is not the concept behind the work but the work itself. When we are inside a forest we feel the stillness of the forest, when we see a mountain we understand her stillness, we don’t need a special required knowledge to understand it. Similarly if we contemplate an art work and don’t search for the concept then we are walking on a non-conceptual path. As we relate with the inner space of everything, we can relate also with the inner space inside an art work.
In October 2016 I started a new collection of paintings with the concept of”mother goddess”. It took me one month to finish the first painting, a figure of a pregnant mother in a distant landscape. Meanwhile, as this painting was almost finished, I did the first coat of a new painting, a mother breast feeding a baby.
The day I gave the last touches to my first mother goddess I got a dramatic revelation; my project was not going to happen. I sat in front of the finished painting and had an insight, I was entering a new search, the search of the formless, the connection with the “beyond the form” and was moving away from the nameable, tangible reality.
The next day I took all my paintings off the walls, the studio was empty and I was ready for a new beginning.
Present works, a new language
The form dissolves, breaks up and goes beyond. The outer form transcends to another dimension. The unnamed is painted, the silence emerges.
As I paint I get in deep touch with the viewer and the universe and we are all inside the same contemplative inner reality.
About spirituality in art. Collective healing
Contemporary times are turning to the within. Museums and galleries are the cathedrals of our times, points of pilgrimage where we experience the unknown, the mysteries of existence.
Paintings and other art forms are manifestos, symbols that can heal and transform the space energetically in a process which transcend the limits of the graspable reality and go beyond the material form. As it happens with contemplation of nature, also contemplation of art can have a healing quality and can be a method, a tool to remember what we knew in the past and forgot. Ourselves, our collective memories, which have been stolen in the speed of modernity, can be restored, rechanneled, recovered.
The Unity of all things
The essence of the Eastern world view is the awareness of the unity and mutual interrelation of all things and events, the experience of all phenomena in the world as manifestations of a basic oneness. All things are seen as interdependent and inseparable parts of this cosmic whole, as different manifestations of the same ultimate reality. The eastern traditions constantly refer to this ultimate, indivisible reality which manifests itself in all things, and of which all things are parts.
My work relates with this understanding of oneness .