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rooting for hilma: on reading a tree in a rhizomatic way
This is the award-winning dissertation for the author's BA Fine Art at York St John University, UK - JAN 2022.
From the Introduction: During the months leading up to the writing of this piece, I explored the literature available [on Hilma af Klint, ndr] and noticed how the mainstream narrative mainly focuses on a handful of topics that are being researched, explored, and rewritten following almost a meticulous pattern. For want of a better word, I could describe this as official or conventional. Some of these topics deal with her position within a well-established framework of artists “into the standard narratives of Western modernism” (Birnbaum, 2020, p.140); whether she was or was not the first abstract artist (Müller-Westermann, 2020, p.25); whether her mediumship and spirituality were real (Fer, 2018, p.164); how much spirituality influenced her work (Høgsberg and Rudbøg, 2020, p.11); whether being unknown and undiscovered for such a long time is what makes her unique (Fer, 2020, p.109), and not the artworks in themselves because “art history without biography may be a fallacy” (Molensworth, 2018, p.43). These topics follow a straightforward, well-established, prescribed approach to art understanding and interpretation. I define this as tree-like: a historical perspective formed from happenings in society that inform the culture of the time, enlightening the then-existing artistic milieu, further influencing single artists and their creations. Later I will question if this singular view could be considered reductive and limiting when discussing art. In this sense, I used spirituality as leverage, as one way of many to look at artworks, hence allowing me to widen the scope of my research.
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a thousand names
When they told her that he died, she left. Faced with the option of living a life without him, she wanted something radically different. So, she sat and waited for Death. And then, there was nothing else for her to do other than to learn to love herself and all her thousand facets in order to find peace.Written in the first person, this story is highly descriptive, strangely captivating, emotionally powerful, symbolic and archetypal, intense and realistic, highly introspective. It could easily take you out of your comfort zone. It is a book about grieving, death and rebirth, transformation and loneliness. If you like self-exploration, water, and mysticism this book is definitely for you. A word of caution: this book has been written with adults in mind and it explores existential concepts and emotions with regards to death and suicide.
"What an incredible journey! Brilliant and honest descriptions of what is going through in someone's mind while going through the unavoidable process of healing." (M. Smith)
"And then there was the bridge. I barely noticed it when I went to see the house. It was half-standing there: broken, leading to nowhere. Not the vestigia of a mooring. An old stone bridge, its seven grey spans abruptly ceasing in the fog. Narrow, curved. The half twisted back of an old dragon, its caudal abutment hiding among the willows, the worn-out keystones as the neural spine. The bridge ending. The dragon, dead. The only escape, drowned. At the ilium, this dragon is no more. No wings to leave. I own that half-bridge and there it’s where I’ll die."
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the men at my white table
The Men at My White Table" is a selection of writing and photographic images celebrating 20 years of creativity.The Author has selected 12 photographs from four different projects; 11 poems originally composed in Italian and newly translated for this collection [these poems enhanced the photographic exhibitions in the style that Matilde has become known for]; an extract of her book “Oltra la Nona Onda” (Beyond the Ninth Wave) based on the elegy “The Wife’s Lament” as found in the Exeter Book [this is the first time that the Author has translated and reluctantly presented to a wider public a piece of work that very close to her heart]; and 5 short stories all written in English since the author moved to the UK in 2008. Each facet of the stories takes the reader on a journey into an expanded moment in time as an observable instant, analogous to meditation.
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A book which tells of a journey, and which is a journey in itself. Weaving between self-reflection and offering advice to the seeking spirits of both professionals and the general public, you will follow the author on her own personal journey through a natural disaster, her parents' addiction, a series of panic attacks and her craving for peace and happiness. There have been days when she lost everything, and others when she felt grounded and safe. Now an eclectic therapist, she is a strong believer in Erikson's 8 stages of psychosocial development and an advocate for what she calls Rebel Therapy. At the time a practising Nichiren Buddhist, she seems to have found peace in that personal land where experience, philosophy, psychotherapy and spirituality meet. You can find her there: and she will teach you to never give up.
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