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De Rerum Natura – Sulla natura (delle cose)

2017/2018 - Work in progress

“It will not be the light of the sun that will allow us to escape from the darkness but the understanding of things”

“Hunc igitur terrorem animi tenebrasque necessest
non radii solis neque lucida tela diei
discutiant, sed naturae species ratioque”
  Lucretius (vv. 146-148)

 This selection of works is the first vestige of a pictorial research that finds in nature– and particularly in the forms of trees and plants – a fount of inquiry and inspiration. This was how I came to borrow the title, “De Rerum Natura,”as homage to the poem written by Lucretius in the first century B.C.

In “De Rerum Natura” the philosopher identifies the understanding of nature as an essential instrument in nearing humankind to the essence of things, and thus to authentic happiness. He criticizes the acquisition of material goods, proposing natural goods in their place and contests the submission to religious diktats, placing nature at the center of the universe.

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Parting from these premises, my research is based in Lucretian thought, a founding basis and stimulus with which to observe the nature that surrounds me. I am particularly focused on the observation of trees and plants, which are not often perceived of as identifiable individuals but as blurred backgrounds.

As in the Dino Buzzati novel, The Secret of the Old Woods, trees are transformed into presences, assuming the appearance of creatures that are different from humans anatomically, but equally capable of feeling and evoking the same sentiments and passions that the human spirit can. The form of the plants and trees becomes a pretext for recounting stories of a world that has become unknown or simply forgotten, immersed as we are in today’s digitalized reality.

 

 

 

Wonder / Oil on canvas, cm 180 x 180

Wonder / Oil on canvas, cm 180 x 180

 

Within / Oil on canvas, cm 140 x 140

Within / Oil on canvas, cm 140 x 140

 

Johnny / Oil on canvas, cm 125 x 125

Johnny / Oil on canvas, cm 125 x 125

 

Austin / Oil on canvas, cm 150 x 150

Austin / Oil on canvas, cm 150 x 150

 

Green Fever / Oil on canvas, cm 100 x 100

Green Fever / Oil on canvas, cm 100 x 100

 

A Breve Di-Stanza / Oil on canvas, cm 180 x 165

A Breve Di-Stanza / Oil on canvas, cm 180 x 165

 

I Signori del Lago (Lords of the Lake) / Oil on canvas, cm 165 x 150

I Signori del Lago (Lords of the Lake) / Oil on canvas, cm 165 x 150

 

A Sinistra / Oil on canvas, cm 50 x 50

A Sinistra / Oil on canvas, cm 50 x 50

 

A Destra / Oil on canvas, cm 50 x 50

A Destra / Oil on canvas, cm 50 x 50

 

Ipse Dixit / Oil on canvas, cm 100 x 100

Ipse Dixit / Oil on canvas, cm 100 x 100