Themes, inspirations and content
I left my employment in the drug and action field, because the changed that my job was subject, in the past ten years, no longer reflected the spirit and the drive that made me choose to be involved in this kind of work.
When I stopped working, however, I still had a strong interest in people and their behaviour. And, if not in a therapeutic sense, i wanted, at least to be able to observe it and illustrate it. Art seemed to be the obvious choice.
The themes that have been influencing my work are as follow:
Evolution has favoured species that understood the importance of collaboration. But canines did not feel. The need to attach romantic feelings to their instinct of acting as a pack. Human-kind has developed a step further, we have developed the ability to retain the abstract concept of collaboration and we differentiate it from a pack by theorising over the different types of collaborations: the community, the family, the fatherland, the congregation, the society. We have extrapolate the essence of the instinct of cooperating and given to it different functions, meaning, qualities. We can plan, describe, theorise, predict over the instinct of collaboration. The relieve of dopamines when we encounter our ideal mate for procreation was, is, described as love and just this basic instinct of spreading our genes was transformed by our being conscious as one of the most profound, discussed, romanticised sentiment .
We have extrapolate from a mere instinct, complex sentiments and feelings love, hate, friendship, sadness, and so on. 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 ridiculously slow runners 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, which facilitates the ability for planning, remembering, theorising and that is our main asset over the rest of the animal kingdom.
Before medicine biology and neurology were able to demonstrate how our brain works and what it does, the belief was that us, mankind was believed to be in possession of a soul. The soul was considered the locus of our personality and our consciousness. Such soul was believed to be connected to a god who was believed to give us free will and then punish us for using it.
From the 18th century to these days, with the increasing of our knowledge of the universe and how it works, the need for a god has been made more and more obsolete.
In these days, to put in the picture a god, would be unthinkable because such character would be completely outside all the rules that science has postulated and he/she/it would be subject to so many unanswerable questions that makes the existence of such being impossible.
So, excluded the god, we still have the puzzlement of self-awareness, where does it come from? Why did we not stop to being sentiments, like the pack of wolves? Sure evolution is strictly involved, but it is not enough.
With Einstein, some of the fundamental pillars of traditional physic were seriously shaken up, by doubting the reliability of gravity’s behaviour and of the objectivity of time.
Another massive 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 solid ity of our material world turned into an elusive wave of energy in constant movement.
With the acknowledgement that matter doesn’t exist, not in the way we have understood it up to now and, a molecular level it behaves in a way physicists would have never been able to predict, the very essence of reality has taken a blow. Because of the vast knowledge at an individual level of how Information Technology works, scientist have been able to spread this knowledge fast and take examples from it. Our human brain has been compared to a VCR Head-set. Such tool , once we wear it, will give us access and allow us to interact with a virtual world. But we all know that the head-set is not the essence of the Virtual world. The brain is supposed to have the same function, making the essence of consciousness to be located externally.
One thing is sure a; our experience of reality is a close circuit and one way only. We erroneously think of our eyes as two windows on the external world, In fact they only report to the brain informations received as impulses that could be made of the same structure of a programme that allows us to interact in a VR world. What send the impulses to our brain which then it translates on the familiar shapes we call real, could be nothing more than a programme.and what we see as external, is, in fact, an internal process.
Ontological mathematicians have been able to put down on paper a formula that represents self-awareness by making the last external to the equation, where materialist haven’t been able to put the brain at the centre of our understanding of existence.
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
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
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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
An illustration of the elephant god. A wise and friendly friend to keep in good terms with
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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
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
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