The pilgrimage in the course of life.
It all started with a wonderful trip to Japan. I went around the streets with a small notebook in my pocket in order to take notes and to gather images from all that was surrounding me. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of a place that has always attracted me. “Coincidentally” I ended up in a mountain, where lyes the largest Buddhist cemetery in the world. I had no place to sleep and when it got dark and I was hosted by the monks of one of the 1100 monasteries in this mountain. I had no suspicion on their existence before arriving. Enchanted by the exotic charm and the peaceful atmosphere a thought came on me: If one day I die, here is the place where I want this to happen. I felt aligned, at peace with myself and with the world.
I had just lost my mother. I was going through a dark period. After returning to Italy, the image of the monastery, of those people, of that atmosphere and the feeling of perfection wouldn’t come out of my mind. Something had happened, and a reverse was impossible. It didn’t take long to decide and a month later I returned to the monastery as a disciple of Buddhist esoteric school. I lived in this context, contaminated by anything for the duration of my visa, exactly – 3 months.
There was no concept, no initial project. There was only the necessity to tell what I was experiencing. To memorise it. A stop in time. The story took the form of a diary. Every detail was important, everything had meaning and was substantial in my experience. Every word, every gesture, every sound and every image. I had already started my small notebook collecting words and images. Upon arrival I changed the measure, and I moved on 50×75 sheets of calligraphy, recycling papers, newspapers, everything I could find, that later I have put together in a book of “Leporello” type, a constantly growing folding book. With a size of the extended side to the “infinite” …
A diary written everyday, things found on the streets, spiritual teachings, calligraphies of the monks, my drawings and also their designs, phone numbers. Everything stopping in my visible and invisible horizon, the discovery of the inner world, what was the reason for my trip. A journey into a world little known to me until now.
Without judgment, without classifications. A manifestation of the universe. Everything that happens is perfect.
THE DEVELOPMENT OF “SAI- SEI”:
In the process the things began to take shape. I stopped one day in front of it and saw an oval repeated on every page. This element gave the name of this project. The oval was the embryo, birth and rebirth, every day was a new life, every step was a new step, and every cell was new at every moment. We choose. We are free to do so. Consciously or not at all times we make choices. Choices that affect our perception of the inner world and interact with the outside world on the basis of the principle: action and consequence.
Understanding this and recognising it, is fundamental to our conscious presence of acting because we often find our selfs is a stage of sleep comforted by the idea that things stand outside and not within us.
In the course of this study intertwine my personal interests ranging from quantum physics, psychoanalytic science, the philosophical and not least the Buddhist philosophy. All put on trial from my real experiences. I find many common points in these sciences but also in art. A universal truth that is infuse every aspect of life. What we need is just to observe.
The tantric monks performed a walking ritual alongside of my extended work, when it had the length around 20m. The performance is seen as a “pilgrimage in life.” As a manifestation of the ideas expressed in the content of the work. The performance ended with the journey of a child who has left his footprints on the work. Thus contributing to the idea of unity in diversity.
On my return the sacred mountain, my work continues. It is a search of life. There is no beginning and therefore has no end. I continue to structure, to observe, to write and to gather key moments of life, objects and experiences. What drives me is the enthusiasm to find a way of serenity and interior peace within myself, and consequently within the world. I would like to donate my own vision, experience and reflections, hoping also help those who get a closer touch with my art.
The work is see in vertical. Its current length is around 30m. The form of collapsible giant book is maintained. A part of the pages is folded resting on the ground, while extended on the vertical is a part of it, as height of the space allows.
In a search of integrity, my work tend to be focused on “how” instead of “what” on order to get to know ourselves better and to understand also the humanity and the world around us. To develop trust, confidence and sensitivity of the true nature of things. Free of any concepts and boundaries.