Alberto Pavan Art

Inspirations, influences and themes. The green beans peeler

Themes, inspirations and content

  • Changing of one’s reality
  • The strongest drive to create, for me comes from my believe of the interdependence all individuals share with their own reality, environment, understanding of truth. In the last century, since Quantum physic has entered in our available knowledge, matterin the traditional, newtonian sense, has been accepted to be an illusion. What we perceive as solid matter is in fact, a wave of moving particles and like the ripple effect one can see when throwing a stone in a lake all matter also matter behaves in the same way. If one throw a second stone in the same lake, the ripple effect of the new object will eventually untangle itself with the ripple off the previous throwing, creating a new, different pattern of waves. In the same way we all untangle with what is all around us. With everything we do, we give life to a different untangling with other waves of matter. The one-ness with our environment is much more physically real than we have ever thought.

  • Consciousness
  • is another source of inspiration. The awareness of the self, the passage from sentient beings to conscious and self-aware being is still a subject of controversy and it is discussed at a great extent by neurologist, scientist and philosopher. Despite the vast knowledge about the functions of the brain , science is unable to point out why a production and movement of hormones and neurotransmitters from different organs to different parts of the brain causes, for example, a sentiment of love, hate of friendship.

    We can witness the release of specific neurotransmitters, from the source of production to the brain, but it is a matter of debate the reason why we can translate such exchange of chemicals into an emotion that can become abstract. We know that, for example we fear pain, we seek to reproduce, we long for company of our peers. It has been a process of natural selection during centuries of evolution which has selected the creatures capable of best survival tools. The species less prompt to act on the procreation instinct, less able to team up against predators and less likely to escape from dangers, had the worse hand of cards to be able to maintain their species in favour of those who could. But the ability to turn these instincts into abstract feelings, allowing us to recognise us as capable of recognise us as individual, remember our past, make plans for our future, have knowledge of our time and its limits, fear death, even if there is no imminent danger to escape from. We can think in theory, we can estrapolate from a mere instinct sentiments and feelings like live,friendship, sadness, and all emotions we all experience in a life-time. Self-awareness has made us, a species with intrinsic disadvantages, the dominant species in our planet. We don’t have claws or teeth to defend ourselves, we are not covered with a natural layer of fur or feathers that protect us from cold weather, we are not particularly fast and our offsprings need years of care before they can be self-sufficient.. Nevertheless we managed to successfully avoid extinction and claim up to the evolution ladder. It appears that our survival is linked with our self-awareness. The great dilemma that has divided philosopher's and physics, is the provenience of this brain function. Before medicine and biology were able to demonstrate how our brain works and what it does, the belief was that us, mankind, have a soul; an invisible entity inside of us that makes us who we are. In relatively recent times, however, roughly during the 18th century, with the expanding of scientific discoveries and the active questioning of the role of a god in our make up and his eventual position in a universe no longer totally unknown, the era of materialism started. While philosopher were busy to try to find a role for this god that was beginning to appear obsoleto, physics and doctors were coming to the conclusion that the essence of our individuality is nested in the brain. It was the brain which was identified as the organ that makes us who we are.

    The more physic, chemistry and medicine were advancing in their discoveries and the knowledge was expanding, the more the materialistic approach was considered the most sensible option to account for the explanation of who and what we are.

    However, for the mathematicians , the puzzle was far from over. Since the beginning of the material era, mathematicians haven’t been able to translate the material principal into a mathematic formula. Any other force, phenomenon or movement was possible to be translated into mathematical language and the obtained formula was expected to be simple and elegant. Human consciousness, however, was not easy to transform into a simple and elegant formula.

    With Einstein, for the very first time in history, some of the pillars of materialism was heavily shaken up. Discussing the Newtonian understanding of the G force, considering gravity as a not quite explained phenomenon and position it in a universe where time is relative to space and speed meant to begin to undo the solid dogma that the materialism had created.

    The other blow came with the Quantum theory. The fact that matter was no longer tangible, no longer factual, resulted in the opening up of a Pandora’s box that nobody wanted really open. To have to accept that what it has always been consider as tangible certainty was no longer credible surely rocked the boat of materialism. the solidity of our material world turned into an elusive wave of energy in constant movement.

    Traditional physicists, however, hanged to their materialism with teeth and nails. They wanted to to continue to experiment in a lab, collect data and discharge the new discoveries.


    With the new information technology, some of the theoretical physicist had man-made, technological examples of what it could explain a lot about the mystery of our existence. In the meta verse, when one wears his VR headset, is plugged into another reality. The headset is the filter that enable us to take part to a different dimension. But it is laughable to identify in the VR headset as the metaverse. Any child can see that it is not. It is merely a filter that enable us to plug into a different dimension. The blueprint of the metaverse’s concept is, in fact, far more complex and sophisticated.

    Now, let’s think of our brain as if it was like a VR headset. All we know about what surrounds us is filtered through our brain.what we see is not necessarily what is there, but it is an interpretation that our brain elaborates according to the information it was given. We know our surrounding because of our five senses, which are, without any doubt, imprecise, fallibile and approssimate. We don’t see reality, we see what our senses make out of what impulses they receive. This to say that objectivity is missing. We will never get to know if the red colour we see is the same colour for our neighbours. We will never prove that the taste of chocolate we love is universal or your brother still loves it but to him it may taste very different. In a nutshell, the brain is just a tool, a filter that connect us with this reality, but it is not what make us us.

    I had this very long talk to create a reason to doubt our certainties.

    Suffice to say that, if a mathematician take self-awareness and/or consciousness and locate it/them external to our physicality, at that point, he/she would be able to come up with that formula that was so elusive when the brain was to be the centre of the self. If consciousness is located externally, the mathematician can write a formula which is elegant and simple.

    But, with this, i absolutely discourage the reader to interpret this statement as many people have already done. Because of the millennia of conditioning, we would all be prone to think that if external it has to be, then it is certainly due to the fact that there is a god. Please don’t go that far. This is not the conclusion I would like you, reader to arrive to.

    The existence of god imply so many other dilemmas it wouldn’t make the dilemma any easier. Just to mention a fiew: who created god? Where was he/she when there was nothing? How did he/she manage in the absence of time? If we are told that before the Big Bang there was nothing, where was god then? And granting the assurde paradox that he/she was somewhere, he/she was surrounded by nothing, how could he/she make something out of nothing? Why did he\she bother creating a cosmo where we are insignificantly small lost in an empty universe which it may be just one of infinite others? Why didn’t he/she focused on us?

    The only idea that has the intrinsic potential of creating something out of nothing is Mathematic. i have heard a detailed explanation on how the ontological mathematic can create matter out of nothing, it involves the Fourier law along with other principals and theorems. i must confess that it made sense while i was following the lesson,but my limited capacity to retain information has not kept the info at my disposal. . What i have retain is the most basic principal, which i can describe as following: to each number correspond its negative opposite, each n 1 has his opposite, -1, every 2 has its -2 every 359000321 has its -35900321. Whatever number willl return to 0.

    +1 + (-1)=0 +359000321+ (-359000321)=0. All ontological mathematic (or just simply all mathematic) has its diametrically opposed negative counterpart that reduces any calculation to 0. We have recently discovered that, really simplistically put, to every atom of matter, correspond its anti-matter equivalent; every particle of energy has its opposed which reduces the particle to 0. All reality has an anti-matter equivalent to balances it down to 0. 0 contain everything even it it describes nothingness.

    Zero contain EVERYTHING and NOTHING. zero, a mathematical expression, is the container of all the formulas that explain our existence and it is the only concept capable of creating something out of nothing Ontological mathematicis the essence of our existence.


  • Expressionism
  • . A new artist might be blamed to hide a lack of technique by styling oneself as a new expressionist. But the need to express my reality as I experience to concern myself with being faithful to an objective reproduction of reality. Also, for that, there is Photography. I have chosen some clear expressionist approach because it gives me the opportunity to adapt my skills to portray exactly what I am experiencing. I am painting in a style that is a cross between comics making, caricatural portray, fashion illustration and and the pictures one can find in fairy tales children books. Reality is pregnant with onírico qualities. Reality is ambiguous, reality is not real, reality is a synthesis of what our senses cook up for us in our brain. All experience that humanity experiences as objective, are, in fact, a subjective elaboration of the information received by our surrounding, filtered through our 5 senses and interpreted by our brain.

    Scientists theorise that the way we see this reality is not as it really happen to be. It is comparable to a computer’s desktop. We all know that our desktop presents icons which allow us to complete actions. We know, for example that by clicking on the symbol of a trash can, we get rid of documents, unwanted emails and so on. We do not believe that a trash can is really inside our laptop, however, that logo allow us to quickly complete operations at the pressing of a key. If we had to learn the program which allow our laptop to dispose of unwanted items , our action would be challenging and time consuming. Reality may fallow a similar dynamic. What we see is the simplify version of what’s really there. A mere logo, an icon. Natural selection has evolved us to see a simplify version of what surround us in order to manage it. Like in a videogame. In order to survive and pass to the next level, the player needs to kill the enemy or to collect prices or exit labyrinths. If the player was left to deal with the program itself that takes him to the next level, he would be killed or eaten by the adversary. What the player needs, it is a quick way to be able to grab the right tools to progress, without being killed or eaten. There is no need to be familiar with the program that is behind the action that make us win the game. It is documented that different species have a different input on the surrounding they live in. Colours get perceived differently, the senses are developed in a different way. We think that, because we think we are more evolved than other species, we have been given the gift of seeing the truth, but this is an overestimation of our capacities, probably a leftover of the superiority complex that religion left us with. For millennia we have been told that everything was made for us by benevolent gods (or god), that we were the favouriteof superior being that looked after us. Now we know that it is not so. Any astronomer can tell us how insignificant we are. However, the experience we live is unique in our Galaxy Probably unique in all this universe. It may not be unique, however in the next universe and the next and the next and the next for infinity. In these days, in fact, we talk about multiverse where in a never ending of nothingness there are never ending bubbles of something.. these bubbles contain many galaxies, each galaxy may contain at least one planet with the conditions for life. I am stopping here

  • Esoteric elements
  • Aristotle declared that reality was a mathematical expression. Pitagora described our perception of reality as if a group of individuals were born in captivity, tied up to a surface and in front of them was a white screen. Just behind them, actors and animators were moving shapes of animals, or they acted some action. Behind the actors there was a fire producing light that created shadows, thanks to the shapes moved by the actors on the screen viewed by the prisoners. These last, not having known any other reality, not having anything to compare their experience with, grew old believing of living immerse in reality, when what they had was just a simulacra of it. When one of them freed himself and was able to leave the underground cave to explore the world above, he was mesmerised and returned to the cave to free his companions, but when he arrived back and told them about his experience, he was received with scepticism, disbelief, sarcasm and also aggression. The community did not want to question what they had believed to be true. The Illuminati, one of the most ancient secret societies, believed in a similar type of reality. They believed that religions, all of them, had two meaning:one was literal, to be propagated amongst the humble and the non-initiated one other, symbolic, that was an alternative reading of the sacred books based on symbology they could interpret and could give to the scripts a very different meaning. The books themselves were many. In the 4th century DC, the Roman Emperor Constantino, needed to unify his domain under the Cristian religion, he needed to end the different interpretations of the new religion and consolidate it into one. He invited all his bishops to decide on one doctrine to be the official and persecuted ll the believers in anything else but that, he burned all the other Gospels, all the Old Testament that contradicted the agreed version and effectively, made Christianity how we know it now. But the many versions of it contain very different understanding, very different meaning, including the one in which the god of the Judeo Christian faith, Jehovah, is not the omnipotent god he wanted to be, but a minor god, a war god, vain, jealous and very violent, who trapped humanity in hell (this would be hell) to serve him and blindly worship him. Of course all these stories have been written as metaphors, as symbols to make a very obscure message to be understood by the simple minded. Nobody should believe that such characters have ever been real. There was, however, a character that may have been a real person: Hermes Trismegistus. The first philosopher, father of Alchemy and the occult, influencer of most religions and beliefs. His ideas have been the base for many of the secret societies and his 7 principals are a good code of rules applicable to reality, many of which, have been backed up by modern science.

  • Folklore
  • Like for the previous source if inspiration, I see folklore as an expression of the people “secret knowledge”. Folklore it’s imbibed with ritual and symbology and it is often a representation of an ancient culture that needed to be disguised as something entirely different, often ion history, to escape persecution and prosecution. In my Brazilian production I had the fortune to closely witness the daily relationship the people has with the worshiping of saints or protecting against mythological figures, which, like for religion, should be interpreted as Jungian archetypes of human behaviour, but that, too often, are taken literally, often as a self-inflicted punishment for the sins of the powerful.



    Inspirations, influences and themes. Dimensions and connections

    Dimensions and connections
    I don’t want to give many explanations about this work. I hope it has enough visual impact to provoke some feelings of difficulty to adjust to an elusive reality that our species suffers from. The externalisation of reality is fundamentally erroneous and it causes loneliness and erratic connections amongst the people
    Watercolours and pencils on paper
    Picture not framed



    Inspirations, influences and themes. A distorted reality

    The party

    A young man is dancing alone in the vegetation. Party is in him understanding that he is one with the environment and mankind is him and him only
    Picture sold



    Inspirations, influences and themes. Boy

    Boy A proud boy at ease with his body
    Watercolour on paper. Picture of small dimension
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    Inspirations, influences and themes. Baianas

    Description given earlier



    Inspirations, influences and themes. Ganesh

    Ganesh

    An illustration of the elephant god. A wise and friendly friend to keep in good terms with

    Illustration not framed



    Inspirations, influences and themes. The myths of the land

    The myths of the land In a North-East of Brazil, on a burned by the sun tract of land, it is easy to confuse the reality with our own dreams, fantasies, fears and nightmares. The myth impregnate what’s real and the fantastic characters of the imagination populate the land in a sabba of domestic mysteries. These monsters are Jungian archetypal with typical characteristic of Brazil and its population
    Watercolour and pencils on paper
    Picture framed



    Inspirations, influences and themes. Chachi

    Sachi’ Perere’ Another representation of the boy with one leg created by………… He is a mirror image of the demigod Hesu’: a figure translated in our western white colture as the devil, but that in the Macumba is much more complex; a bit demoniac, a bit childish. A bit domestic, a bit incredible, a bit unsettling, a bit of a joker. His evil is always more naughty that tragic. The jungle outside the household seems to threaten to take over the domestic, tamed environment.
    Watercolours and pencils on paper
    Picture framed - not available

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