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Susanna De Angelis Gardel

2023 Galleria Vittoria

Karékla, una sedia per l’anima

2019 Skira Editore, Milano

“[…] I’ve called this project “Karékla, una sedia per l’anima” (Karékla, a Seat for the Soul).
I wanted to use it to represent the whirlwind of thoughts that often stirs our mind and takes it over. Fears, prejudices, stories, hopes… an inner dialogue that very often we’re not even aware of.

I’ve portrayed these thoughts, which are forms of energy, with little chairs that chase each other and become tangled up together, creating strange shapes in and outside our mind. Sometimes we wish this mechanism that imprisons us would let up and that our thoughts would calm down, ‘sit down’, leaving room for a feeling of peace. The chair is the object that best evokes the sense of being still, of resting, of ‘being’.

I created little chairs with a ‘full’ seat, which to my mind depict thoughts full of energy, and others that have ‘empty’ seats, representing thoughts whose energy has finally dispersed.

The figure of the cockerel, on the other hand, is linked to the symbolism of inner Rebirth and Reawakening. […]”

Susanna De Angelis Gardel