Interviews | November 2, 2023 |

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Image courtesy of Cristiana Giacchetti

Interview: Cristiana Giacchetti
Luca Curci talks with Cristiana Giacchetti during FUTURE LANDSCAPES, second event of SENSES ART FAIR 2023, held at Medina Art Gallery in Rome.

Tireless explorer of the invisible human soul, after having navigated for over 30 years between strategic communication first and “personal evolution” then, I came to art to free myself from the habit of words and reconnect to the poiesis of the human psyche, that is, the image. An incessant dialogue of love, actively started in 2021 and never interrupted again. A love with actually older origins, inherited from my great-grandfather, the fresco artist Aristodemo Giacchetti and from the passionate inspiration of my father-in-law, the artist Gualtiero Mocenni. Therefore, after long wandering, I rediscovered myself as an artist in the Soul and in 2023, thanks to Italian and international exhibitions and publications, I began to make an intimate and intense artistic production visible. The focus of attention in all my artistic experiments is what the ancients called the Soul, in the psychology of the profound Psyche. My goal is to investigate his language which is made up of images. The three words that define my artistic poetics are lyricism, primordiality, pareidolicity or the optical illusion of the subconscious. Many of my paintings arise from the ancestral nature of the gesture that follows the poetic, almost casual, movements of the Soul. But in the end, behind the appearance of that random form, one can perceive, almost by an optical illusion, another form that the observer re-creates with what the philosopher Plotinus called a spiritual gaze, the eye that goes beyond the appearance and sees the essence.  

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Luca Curci – Which subject are you working on?
Cristiana Giacchetti – The focus of attention in all my artistic experiments is what the ancients called the Soul, which depth psychology later renamed with the term Psyche. My goal is to investigate his language which is not made of words but of images. These images and their movements cannot be understood with reason but manifest themselves to us in the form of emotions. This is why art is the main tool to ensure that our Soul is realized in the world. And in fact art, in all its forms, painting, sculpture, and poetry is the primordial nourishment of our Soul, of our essence which is pure beauty.

LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
CR – For necessity to accept my dark side and therefore to dialogue with it. At a certain point, I realized that all the emotional illnesses I was experiencing were the manifestation of my inner world that required attention and that these discomforts could not be controlled but rather wanted to be welcomed. Art was a way to dialogue with them and give them a shape. It was a sort of form of therapy. It was liberating and made me understand how much beauty there is in what we mistakenly judge by calling discomfort. For example, would a poet be a poet without his tribulations? For a poet, tribulations are a source of inspiration for his poetics. The same goes for the artist.

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Image courtesy of Cristiana Giacchetti

LC – What are the three hashtags essential to define your poetics that you could not give up?
CG –
Lyricity, primordiality, pareidolicity or the optical illusion of the subconscious. Many of my paintings are born from the ancestral nature of the gesture that follows the poetic movements, almost random, of the Soul. But in the end, behind the appearance of that random form, one can perceive, almost by an optical illusion, another form, a sometimes face, an eye, a demon, a lady. Every observer sees what his Soul wants him to see.

LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
CG –
In my inner world that is my true essence. The rest is just appearance and surface.

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Image courtesy of Cristiana Giacchetti

LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
CG –
The most complex part is to empty my mind, to make sure that my Will does not intervene in the process. There is a lot of naivety in the mind that wants to intervene in something that concerns the Soul. Art is beauty and beauty is Soul, not reason.

LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
CG –
I immediately found the “Future Landscape” theme very interesting because I believe that to make the world better it is necessary to bring attention to the scenarios of the future, only that these scenarios are not external but internal. And that the solution is not in the pragmatics of action but lies in the contemplation of the Soul. It is our inner dimensions that create future scenarios. In alchemy, it is said, “what is inside is like outside and what is outside is like inside”. Ancient alchemical sapience explains perfectly to us that there is a resonance between our internal and external worlds. The more we nourish and take care of our inner world, the better we make the external one, which is a reflection of it. Everything that is outside is a projection of what is inside and if we ignore it, that inside creates monsters. And what is happening in the world should make us reflect on how little attention we bring to our inner worlds. The Anima Mundi is speaking to us and we don’t realize it.

LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event?
CG –
The works I exhibited are two: “Dissolution” and “Vibration de l’Âme”. Both are an imaginative photograph of the inner worlds of human beings. “Dissolution” represents the tension of a struggle between the Ego that wants to maintain a status quo, its beliefs, its certainties and the Soul that wants to exist and dissolve these certainties that limit its expression. The Soul always wins. In this dissolution a monstrous figure appears, almost a demon, which represents the difference that is in us and that we ignore, that we fear because it is profoundly brilliant. In this historical moment, we need to dissolve our certainties to bring out different opportunities. While “Vibration de l’Âme” I define it as a sonnet of the Soul, which imagines beauty in its blue tones and recreates the world again in its different romantic colours. This is a work that enhances the creative capacity of contemplation.

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Image courtesy of Cristiana Giacchetti

LC – How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
CG –
To answer this question I use the words of fellow artist Gabriella Tornotti who I had the pleasure of knowing during Future Landscape and whose immense orinic poetics of her floating jellyfish I appreciated. She says “your works emanate an invigorating energy that attracts the eye towards the center of the world, towards that nucleus that belongs to everyone, magnetic in the matter but at the same time projected into space, I see the future there”. I think it sums up what I’ve said so far perfectly.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us? 
I loved working with Itsliquid because I felt a great love for art from you. The attention and care that your staff had towards the works I proposed and towards my being an artist made a big difference.

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Image courtesy of Cristiana Giacchetti

LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
CG –
It is a professional machine, which means well thought out. A machine that thinks big about art because art is the great solution to our modern ailments. Dostojewski said “beauty will save the world”, Itsliquid has understood that art is beauty and that it can make a difference in the care of this world. Most people, especially those at the heads of governments and companies, think that profit is the real solution to the world’s problems. There is no nourishment for the Soul in the profit, at most it is the opposite, beauty can generate a different way of being useful.

LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
CG –
I use a word very dear to me to describe your event: excellence!

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