Imagine a hot summers day on the shore of Trasimeno Lake in Umbria.
You´re lying on a warm rock watching the sunlit waters.
There is almost no wind even the waves hardly make a sound.
Your eyes are closed but in spite of this you see reflections of light, blue, red, golden…beautiful. You are as relaxed as can be.
Garden of Poetry, Dreaming of Trasimeno
In a boat
Created by the waters
Of the lake itself.
I immersed myself
In that sweet abyss
After a while you wake up and realise you had fallen asleep.
All you saw was just a dream…
“Garden of Poetry”, The Skin of the Water
Water, air, fire, light are the inspiration for many of my art works. I try to explore the transitions from the heavy, solid, seemingly eternal material stone to something volatile, vulnerable permanently changing. Of course this explorations have limits (unfortunately) but I try to come as close as possible to my ideal.
Discover more about the crowdfunding campaign for my “Garden of Poetry” artbook.
Garden of Poetry, my personal guarantee
You may ask yourself what happens if we don´t reach the goal for the funding. Is the money lost? Do I still get the perk I wanted?
Well, the answer is easy.
Actually I have two answers.
Answer number one: I am convinced that we will reach the goal. There are still 44 days and I will certainly do everything to make it happen.
Answer number two: In the unlikely case that we do not reach the funding goal completely, with todays possibilities of printing I have the possibility to make a book for everyone who claimed it as a perk (inluding marble case made by myself if you choose that option). Of course I don´t aim for a tiny mini edition of the “Garden of Poetry” book, but nobody who contributes will be left without the perk they wanted.
It is also understood, that everyone who makes a smaller contribution (25 Dollar) will receive a hand-signed photograph with a poem.
And of course everybody who makes a real big contribution and wants to have a sculpting class in Italy with me will receive it.
So don´t worry. You are 100 percent covered by my guarantee.
Making a contribution to the “Garden of Poetry” artbook is easy. Here´s how it works.
Making a contribution to the “Garden of Poetry” artbook is easy…
Just go to my safe page at Indiegogo
Here you can decide how much you would like to contribute.
You can also see, which perks I am offering in return.
Of course you can as well make a contribution without asking a perk.
Yet this would be a pity. I think the perks I am offering are not so bad:-).
And I am happy to give something in return for your help.
However, it´s up to you. You can choose.
Once you have chosen you click on “continue”.
You will receive then detailled informations how to proceed, according to your wishes.
You can make safe payments with your credit card or with PayPal.
So don´t hesitate. Go to my page and take a look. Your support is very appreciated.
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We are live! The crowdfunding ship has set sails
“Garden of Poetry” The crowdfunding ship has set sails.
Finally the crowdfunding campaign for the “Garden of Poetry” artbook has started. Will you join me? I am excited and curious how it will work out.
My home is my castle.
This says a lot about what our home, our house is standing for.
House, for most of us this is a synonym for security, for feeling safe and protected. The place where we can feel relaxed and at ease.
So what happens if this feelings are put into question? What when the very foundations of our homes are at risk, like in my little hommage to Goethe “My peace has gone”?
My home is my castle. But what happens if my home´s very foundations are shattered?
What happens when the house of our soul has no entrance or exit, only a small window allowing us to have only a limited view of the world outside, like in “The house of the soul (for Guido Pompilj) ” ?
Guido Pompilj had a large terrace with a wide view over the lake constructed for his wife, Vittoria Aganoor Pompilj.
That terrace on the third floor of Villa Aganoor Pompilj became one of her favourite places and it is reported that it was here, where she wrote most of her poems, Lake Trasimeno being her infinite source of inspiration.
The view over the rooftops of Monte del Lago and Lake Trasimeno has almost remained unchanged since it was a source of inspiration for Vittoria Aganoor Pompilj.
Imagine sitting here, trying to find words for the permanently changing hues of light in the air on the lake, the islands and the distant mountains, Monte Bettona and Monte Amiata.
Try to describe the movement of the restless waters, the storm-tossed waves or the ripples caused by a gentle breeze…
Vittoria Aganoor Pompilj´s terrace still exists and enjoying the view over the lake from here you will easily understand, why she was inspired so much from its beauty.
One of my sculptures in the Garden of Poetry I named “Domani!”, “Tomorrow!”.
“Domani” is the title of a poem by Vittoria Aganoor Pompilj. Here are the first lines of her poem
Tomorrow! Unknown sorceress,
imagination wraps you in garments
of joy or sorrow
because she constantly deceives us;
Eternal Sphinx, which grants all
and all is possible…
Originally I intended to make sculptures describing some of Vittoria Aganoor Pompilj´s poems, but I discovered quickly that this meant reaching for the unreachable star.
Most of her poems are fairly long and it was not possible to grasp the words and meaning of an entire poem in one sculpture.
I had the feeling my sculptures could be described better by short poems (rather like a haiku) than by trying to use a long poem.
Yet of course I wanted to honour Vittoria Aganoor Pompilj.
Finally after searching through a lot of her poems I found the first lines of “Domani” which fitted very well with the sculpture of a woman´looking far over Lake Trasimeno and the Umbrian hills.
So this is my hommage apart naturally of the artshow as a whole which in my eyes also is a hommage of its own.
Wings, the first sculpture I made for the exhibition and the first poem which came to my mind..
Wings, Ali del Tramonto
Sundown spreads its wings
Waves in flames
Then the lake
In the robe of shadow
And here is what inspired me to make this sculpture.
I get the inspiration for my sculptures from the sky and the clouds. Transforming the solid marble into something ethereal is what I aim for.
And sometimes the sky seems more solid than the stone…
Judge a book by its cover
You certainly know the saying “Don´t judge a book by its cover.”
But in this case I think you can.
I think my graphic designer did a really good job.