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Union

mixed media on canvas
40 cm x 80 cm

Our union
An unseen force that binds us tight.
Look within your heart,
Do you feel the same truth ignite?

Nasci quadrato, muori tondo, torni a essere tutto By Francesca Busalla

Nasci quadrato, muori tondo, torni a essere tutto

mixed media on canvas
80 cm x 60 cm

This work of art defies the old Italian proverb “Chi nasce quadrato non muore tondo,” which means “Who is born square does not die round.” The artist invites the viewer to consider the possibility of transformation and evolution through the use of multiple strata.

The first stratum, ‘You are born square,’ is illustrated with dense, undiluted colors to compel the viewer to consider the three-dimensional reality of our world. In the second stratum, ‘You die round,’ the scene shifts. A coat of white is applied to represent the passage of time and the changes it brings. To apply the color, the artist used carefully selected stones, each of which represents a thoughts, events, or conditions that round the corners of the square into circles. The black used with the larger stone represents the darker times from which great transformation can occur.

The final stratum is lighter, as if lifting the viewer to higher dimensions. This layer is made with spray and acrylic paints in light tones and intensity, incorporating action painting techniques. The artist captures the idea that change is not only possible, but also necessary for growth.

This is the first piece of art created using the artist’s unique stone technique, a tribute to the importance of stones in Sardinian culture.

Ku

mixed media on canvas
50 cm x 50 cm

Ku reveals itself,
movement, action.
An emotion here,
eternalized in the now.

The piece of art “Ku” explores the idea of nothingness and the essential nature of all things. The artist employs a variety of techniques and materials to give the work a sense of depth and movement, provoking the observer to consider the transience of all occurrences and the fundamental unity of all things.

The cosmic potential that supports the universe and is represented by the black is the immense emptiness of Ku, from which all things begin and inevitably return. Every instant and every form contain this nothingness at their core.

There may be a sensation of fluidity and change as the observer travels their sight around the piece, representing the idea that everything is interrelated and interdependent. Through this piece of art, the artist asks the audience to look past outward appearances and uncover the ultimate reality of Ku, the empty and boundless nature of mind and all things. The illusion of separation, or Maya Veil, is what leads to suffering and disconnectivity. It serves as a potent reminder of each of us having the capacity for waking and liberty.

MAya

mixed media on canvas
80cm x 40cm

“Maya” is a provocative work of art that delves into the concept of the Maya veil, a term from Hindu and Buddhist philosophy that refers to the illusion of separation and duality that clouds our perception of reality.
The artwork is divided into strata, with the top strata representing Maya’s veil. This strata is mostly black, lending a sense of mystery and obscurity to the scene, and it conceals a colorful painting beneath. The veil’s blackness represents the ignorance and confusion that obscure our true nature and prevent us from seeing things as they truly are.

As the viewer gets closer, they may notice hints of color peeking through the black veil, indicating that the illusion, while strong, is not impenetrable. The vibrant painting beneath the veil represents the true nature of things, the limitless and interconnected reality that lies beyond the veil.
The artist invites the viewer to consider the role of illusion in our experience of the world and to look beyond appearances in search of true understanding through this work of art. The use of dark colors and the layered composition give the piece depth and complexity, inviting the viewer to engage with it on multiple levels.

Microcosm

mixed media on canvas
60cm x 90cm

“Microcosm” is a dynamic and thought-provoking work of art that invites the viewer to consider the interconnectedness of all things, as well as the notion that each of us is a microcosm, a miniature reflection of the larger universe.
The piece’s background is made up of two triangles, one white and one black, which represent masculine and feminine energy. These two forces are shown to be equal and interconnected, implying that they are two sides of the same coin and are required for balance and harmony.

Above the triangles, the artist has applied a variety of colors and techniques, creating a sense of movement and dynamism.   These colors and shapes represent various aspects of ourselves and the world around us, all of which are interconnected and part of a larger whole.

The use of triangles and the layered composition give the piece depth and complexity, and the colors and forms invite the viewer to engage with its meaning on multiple levels. This is a powerful work that challenges us to look at ourselves and the world in new ways.