Mazzoldi's Acrylic Paintings and Introspective Art
Aurora Mazzoldi, HOOKING UP, acrylic on canvas, cm. 135 x 90
My works put on canvas what happens within us. They describe interactions (transactional analysis calls them "games", among sub-personalities (so defined by the famous psychologist Roberto Assagioli). To do this I use acrylic colors. I have a romantic way to paint and I paint the things that happen under the surface (we could say they have an esoteric meaning)
Why acrylic paintings?
I think acrylic is a modern medium. It is practical and comfortable. And
it allows me to imitate as well the nuances of watercolor as the impact
of knife painting with oil colors.
Why romantic art?
Romanticism is in my character, is my way of seeing life.
Do you know the Baudelaire's definition of Romanticism? He said
Romanticism is a "mode of feeling". And my acrylic paintings express a "mode of
In New York I have been defined as "a contemporary romantic" artist
Am I only a romantic?
The Agora-Gallery press release 2009 explains:
"Although her use of dramatic mood is drawn directly from the Romantic tradition, Mazzoldi’s color pallet and soft modeling of form is reminiscent of the Old Masters of the Renaissance. A spiritual thinker who buries herself in each work of art, Mazzoldi is also deeply affected by the philosophical message of the Christian Esoteric teacher Daskalos".
Are my introspective paintings both romantic and esoteric?
Even if I am fundamentally a romantic, I like also expressionist
paintings. Do you know Munch? What a wonderful expression of feeling!
His painting "the Scream" is vibrating. You can feel the despair, the
fear in it!
It expresses more than a simple emotion. Try to master such an
"emotion"! You don't get it! It expresses what I call "a force". Yet, my
aim is to paint these "forces" and also the "games" (yes! just the ones
of transactional analysis) that happen between them.
When I speak of games (or when I describe them in my acrylic paintings) I don’t mean the ones that children play, but the ones among adults. Furthermore, they are not the ones that we normally call “games” (playing cards, doing sport, roulette gambling…). They are subtler. They play on relationships, and just on the ones that are so important to us, so important that, without them, our life seems to be void.
We are fully immersed in this kind of games. What girls talk about? What boys? What tells you a friend, when he opens his heart? They only talk about the games they are playing, or would play, or they even talk about the games of their neighbours and acquaintances.
Aurora Mazzoldi, Hypocrisy
People play games and don’t notice it. They want to take everything
too seriously. Rarely games make us happy. More often, they cause dramas
and tragedies and they can end in war and disorder. Adults games can be
much more harmful than the ones of children.
This kind of
game is a double-edged weapon: it can be a joyful experience that helps
us to live a plain and easy life or it can lead us into tragedy.
A game often takes us too far, further than we thought, further than we expected. Things go out of control, we can’t manage things anymore and we feel drawn into a whirl that carries us along. Who chooses for us? Esoteric master Gurdjieff confirms that: “Men are machines and nothing but mechanical actions can be expected of machines” (Fragments of an Unknown Teaching, by P._D._Ouspensky )
But, who plays these games?Gurdjieff and Ouspensky spoke of the many "I"s in us. Assagioli called them "sub-personalities". Esoteric master Daskalos called them "elementals". Esoteric psychology speaks of "thought forms". Don't you find some of them in paintings of late Goya , for instance in his The Sleep of Reason?
Why I put "I"s (personalities), games and forces into my acrylic paintings? Because we constantly inhibit many "I"s in us. My romantic esoteric target is to set them free in my paintings. I try to give them the right to exist. I hope art makes it possible.
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