Drawings


18 January 2021.


11 years ago I move abroad from Italy, and since then I have been living in different countries and continents. I am currently based in the Netherlands, and when somebody asks me: are you more Italian or Dutch? I really don’t know what to answer.


In Othello by Shakespeare, Iago tells Roderigo: “I am not what I am”, and despite I don’t feel sympathy for the character, I agree with the statement 100%. We like to say “I am this” or “I am that”, but is it really so? Or is it more just the habit we have to think about ourselves.

So many times we have proven ourselves to be able of qualities and characteristics we could not even imagine. Labeling is comforting but it becomes a cage: we actually are much more than our ‘identity’, we are also what we cannot define and see, like the backside of our body.

We are what we are not.

Title: I AM WHAT I AM NOT

Dimension: 30 X 40 cm

Charcoal and pencil on 100% cotton paper

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15 January 2021.

I regularly leave seeds in my garden and I love to see little birds approaching them. The seeds are hanging from tree branches or just laying around. The birds fly to a close branch and stay there for a while. You can see they are very alert and they don’t dare to come closer to their attraction. A little hesitation… and they jump to the food, pick one seed and immediately fly away.

 
In Greek mythology there was the representation of what we could call necessity and inevitability, it was: Ananke. It was considered the most powerful force constraining the cosmos into inevitable laws, which could be related to laws of nature. Because of this power, Ananke was the ruler of destiny and fate.

Many of the actions, that we take, fall into the category of inevitable, following our primordial nature, which cannot be suppressed or controlled. Because of the laws of “our nature”, we do many of the things we do, without even realizing it, facing fear, risks, discomfort, touching a source of secret knowledge.


I like to see the little birds at the exact moment when they have to decide whether to catch the seed and face the fear of humans or just fly away. A single instant suspended in Time where a battle is fought inside them, which the force of Ananke will inevitably resolve. 


Simply looking at nature, feeling the secret connection to the “life game”, unfolding.

Title: ANANKE
20 X 20 cm
Charcoal and pencil on watercolour paper

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12 January 2021.

There are so many ways to avoid facing pending matters. Flying away from worries is a very attractive response, it’s a protection from sudden anxiety, but it is not a great solution to deal with it in the long term. We can have a specialist side in creating diversions and distractions, to keep our view occupied and close our eyes, but there’s also the other specialist side in knocking at the awareness door, and it never goes to sleep

THE PROTECTOR
30 X 40 cm
Charcoal and pencil on watercolour paper

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January 2021.

At the beginning of every year, I think that nothing has actually changed, it’s just a day after another. But actually, I resonate more on symbols than on logical facts, and life cycles, symbolized by days, seasons, and years speak to my antennas.


In the exuberance of youth, all I needed was a new adventure to feed my energy. And now my eyes look at the new year with a suspended heart: what lesson will I have to learn this year together with the adventures?

In the end, there’s a new beginning: oh, I have a lot of expectations on this new beginning, carefully.

Title: EXPECTATION
32 x 24 cm
Charcoal and pencil on watercolour paper

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Christmas time approaching, unfortunately not everybody will be able to meet their beloved ones.

I am one of them: in some cases, the physical distance is too much, in another case, it’s not a matter of physical distance anymore, it is a different dimension that I cannot visit…

Somehow, their absence is also their presence, and I can perceive it. Like shadows is the absence of light, they are in the shadows. They are in my pockets, and I always carry them with me

Title: PRESENCE
32 x 24 cm
Charcoal and pencil on watercolour paper

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I have always had my head in the clouds, since ever. That feeling of being somewhere with my feet, and somewhere else with my head. Sometimes it is a way to escape reality which is too hard to face, sometimes it is a different connection with reality itself, just a different angle of view.

I have always had my head in the clouds, since ever. That feeling of being somewhere with my feet, and somewhere else with my head. Sometimes it is a way to escape reality which is too hard to face, sometimes it is a different connection with reality itself, just a different angle of view.

Title: THE CLOUDS
31 x 24 cm
Charcoal and pencil on watercolour paper

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Children looking like little angels (like little Evi in my drawing) children shining more than the most precious stones, with so much spirit in their diamond eyes. I see them running around, catching a ball, or looking at the sky, just being free.

I am grateful to them, they remind me what it means to sense life as it is, simply.
Aging, accumulating experience, memory, wisdom, still remaining in the simple need for wonder.

Title: EVI
31 X 24 cm
Charcoal and pencil on paper

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The movements of our soul are visible on our faces: they are called emotions.
We have some of them that accompany us as a mark, they are only ours, they are unique.

Some emotions are strong and overwhelming, like the heat of summer afternoons. Others betray the flicker of our eyes, they are light and sudden, like the rains in spring. Others present the silence and lack of light that we feel inside, as in cold winter.
Some emotions are difficult to register: they are hidden in the shadows, they are suspended like the time of waiting, like the leaves of trees in autumn.

Title: AUTUMN
23 X 31cm
Charcoal and pencil on paper

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You have surely played hide and seek when you were a child, together with your friends, I did it too. Once I found an amazing place to hide, so fantastically hidden that, after some time, everybody was already found except me. From my place of privilege, I could clearly hear their voices and their excitement going on, they were all looking for me. A while later, a few started talking about something else and playing in a small group. My place was too difficult to find, somebody started calling me and they all stopped looking for me actively: I had to decide then if I wanted to spend the time in my hidden kingdom or get out and go on with playing with the others. And so I stepped out from the golden cocoon and caught up with the others.

There is nothing worse than hearing that the game is going on and you feel nobody cares enough to look for you, and find you. For some people, it is natural to expose to the world, it is their favorite moment and it gives them energy. Someone else find this seriously challenging, and every time a conscious decision has to be taken to step out from the corner and go on ‘playing’ with the others.

Because anyway, the game goes on with or without us, and for the hidden ones “it is a joy to be hidden and a disaster not to be found”. Winnicott

Title: HIDING
29,7 x 21 cm
Charcoal and pencil on paper

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Autumn

Can you feel the countless seconds that takes a rosebud to bend and bow to earth when the time comes? Can you hear the silent dance of the leaf, that leaves the branch for the last voyage in the air?
My world is in black and white because I cannot compete with the colors of autumn. With the call of a robin, I will sing my song to the season of mellow sunrays and farewells

Triptych, Charcoal on paper 14.8 x 21 cm contact me for info

Humanity

Title: SLEEPING
29,7 x 21 cm
Charcoal and pencil on paper

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Title: THE SHADOW OF LIGHT
29,7 x 21 cm
Charcoal and pencil on paper

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Title: NEW HORIZON
21 x 29,7 cm
Charcoal and pencil on paper

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Title: GENTLE
29,7 X 21 cm
Charcoal and pencil on paper

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Title: SUSPENDED TIME
21 x 29,7 cm
Charcoal and pencil on paper

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Title: THOUGHTS RULE
21 x 29,7 cm
Charcoal and pencil on paper

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Title: TOUCH
21 x 29,7 cm
Charcoal and pencil on paper

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Title: JOY
42 x 29,7 cm
Charcoal and pencil on paper

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Title: ATTENTION 1/3
29,7 x 21 cm
Charcoal and pencil on paper

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Title: ATTENTION 2/3
29,7 x 21 cm
Charcoal and pencil on paper

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CHILDREN

HUMANITY

Drawing is a symbolic action, collapsing a concept of the ideal world into matter.

Having a passion for all that relates to humanity, I have always been triggered by human faces because they represent the most powerful symbol of the human journey. They tell our unique story and all stories from the past, stories of men and women, that we all share and “make” us and our cultures.

“A face” is “a way” to stay in the world.

This is the reason I love, among other subjects, to draw portraits. It is my personal research about the hidden sparkle of mystery we all carry as human beings. I love to feel the different gradations of the soul, without asking with words a direct question: ‘Who are you?’, and get close to that core, and never touch it.

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All images and texts © 2012 2021 Rosanna Gaddoni Fine Arts
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