If a clod be washed away by the sea

If a clod be washed away by the sea

The title of the painting if a clod be washed away by the sea, takes its name from a verse from a famous sermon by the poet John Donne. The stanza highlights the importance of relationships and interconnectedness, through metaphors that involve both landscape and man. To recite one part of the text: “if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less [...] any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind”. That is to say, every part of the world - every fragment and every person- forms part of a bigger Whole, with microcosm and macrocosm in constant dialogue. I decided to use the verse as my title, to try and emphasise how man is an integral part of nature. What is more, the title coherently integrates itself into the image’s structure, in which symbolic forms linked to underlying energy and other forms linked to the work of man (such as the straight lines and flat, uniform colour) alternate. This seemingly harmonious balance between natural and artificial is in fact a fragile, dynamic and subtle equilibrium: the title appears to ask us what would happen if this equilibrium were to break, while the answer is left open.

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Adi
1 year ago
Adi Artist
congratulations. Great talent.
Brigitte Kempers
1 year ago
Wunderbar - Herzlichen Glückwunsch!! Brigitte
Marieke Kruger
1 year ago
Congratulations Veronica! I loved your painting!
Anna Rita Cacciatore Artist
2 years ago
Meraviglioso questo lavoro . Premio meritato . Brava
Vittorio Pasotti
2 years ago
Questo equilibrio...E' ORAMAI ROTTO......!!!!! Vittorio
mario dagrada
2 years ago
mario dagrada Artist
Mi fa molto piacere che quest'anno ha vinto il premio Celeste chi veramente fa della pittura. Brava.
Giuseppe Gorgero
2 years ago
Doveroso farti gli auguri........
frisco61
2 years ago
frisco61 Photographer
meritatissimo riconoscimento al tuo grande talento!
Diaolin Natali
2 years ago
Empatica
Diaolin Natali
2 years ago
Empatica

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