Braking Symbols, explained

It is said that every line has a meaning.

Excited to introduce my readers and collectors to a new painting’s explanation: conceptualism I developed within this composition.

Those who follow my work knows that I love to reunite antiquity with modern/contemporary implementations, and not only within the compositional ‘schemes’.

This painting presents a clear reference to the Egyptian culture, however, the represented pharaoh is not a specific historical subject, but I painted it considering it as an architectural element; the supporting structure of the entire composition: we could say, the stage of the work or the deus ex machina.

Just the idea of working on a raw-cotton canvas (parchment) brings the atmosphere of the composition closer to the primordial aspect of the concept developed.

‘To brake’ and not ‘to break’ and It is said that every line has a meaning.

Every single tiny little line hides a meaning, so, does this mean that every object (or meaning) that I can see and experience in real life can potentially be represented or defined by a line? Of course not.

Ancients, especially Greeks philosophers, clearly taught us that in order to know, in term of cognitive learning, something, it is necessary that a thing encloses that meaning we want to learn, already.

This is the main concept of this work, the pillar that holds up the whole story, that prove how the exact real opposite exists without the deus-ex machina.

Specifically the architectural element in the central part of the face, that manifest the timeless power of the ancient rocks.

The original meaning of term ‘symbol’, with reference to the use of ancient Greeks, means the recognition or control that were obtained by irregularly breaking an object into two parts, so that the owner of one of the two parts could make him/herself known by making them fit together.

Word “symbol” comes from latin symbolum which in turn originated from the ancient greek, sýmbolon («sign») which derives from the stem of the verb symballo from the roots σύν «together» and βάλλω «to throw» , having the approximate meaning of “putting together” two distinct parts.

Foto di Tamal Mukhopadhyay su Unsplash

Language makes me understand what lies within words: symbols represents something that lies on the surface and, at the same time, in the deepest.

To brake a symbol means to decode a new meaning enclosed within a specific symbol’s archetypical conceptualism referred to something, but just reflected on/within something else.

Defining a path through the analysis of a symbol allow us to deduce a one-way road, because, precisely, ‘return path’ is already conceptually enclosed within another element of research, *different from the starting one.

Term to brake, means to decode a new concept and also to literally stop a looped way of thinking about something through the analysis of a symbol itself.

Everything can be defined for what it is, and many things we still don’t know what and why they are as they are as they manifest in our tangible world; symbols identify somehow those union points of the ethereal network in which we exist within.



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Alberto Ballocca

Contemporary artist | Ancient cultures passionate / Articles in here defines my spiritual horizons 🔗