Celtic knots and Mind Wandering.

What could Celtic Knots and Mind Wandering have in common?

Celtic knots have no apparent beginning or end. When we mind wander we are not consciuos of when it starts or ends. We often go round and round in circles travelling through thoughts and feeling in a similar pattern to the making of a knot.

Celtic knots are constructed around geometrical shapes that could metaphorically reflect brain areas, all connected and running.

While making the knots the artist is captured in a sense of meditation, of quiet mind wandering. Themes around the knots are eternity so infinite possibilities, pattern, life, movement, connections, meanders and labirinths. Mind wandering takes you along the same paths.

The line in a knot at some point goes back to the begining to then begin again just like our thoughts, once they know the way they will automatically find their way round.

Celtic Knots are refered to as knotworks. Can we extend it to brainworks where the knot is seen as the pathway of electrical impulses?


Wandering Minds-The Journey continues.

We never cease to wander through the meanders of our mind.

Wandering Minds Performance – Let your mind wander and let the loose strings of creativity and self knowledge soar.

Di che materia sono fatti i pensieri? Di che materia sono fatti i sogni ad occhi aperti? Camminando lungo un sentiero incastonato nella natura selvaggia, inondato dalla luce vermiglia di un tramonto di fuoco, un groviglio colorato di energia ed elettricità ha preso vita, forma e movimento. Un percorso mistico che ha riempito l’anima e ha riacceso le nostre menti vaganti.

Grazie a Holly Warren per la magnifica esperienza per anima, mente e cuore, che solo ora sono riuscita a tradurre in parole.

Francesca Cardia.


What are thoughts made of? What are daydreams made of? Walking along a path set in the wild bathed in the vermilion light of a fiery sunset, a tangle of energy and electricity has come to life, form and movement. A mystic path that has filled the soul and has rekindled our wandering minds.

Thanks to Holly Warren for the wonderful experience of soul, mind and heart, which only now I have been able to translate into words.

Francesca Cardia.

Thanks Francesca. I am inspired by your words and will work on my next pieces thinking about your experience. Namastè.


Blossoming Brains

Inspired by science and interpreted through art.

Here are three different perspectives of the human brain activity.

Blossoming Brains: The beauty of the ugly grey matter seen from a floral perspective. Brain and flowers meet.

Plasticity: The beauty of neuroplasticity or the ability of rewiring/creating new neural pathways, expressed as artwork.

The Brain Cage: Experiences lived as limits.

How a beautiful mind can be trapped and the vision of blossoming.

Head in the Cloud

Head in the cloud Installation

Head in the cloud wants to be a symbolic interpretation of a cloud archive that can be ‘worn’. The action of walking into it and/or lying down to observe the collection of memories invites the viewer to experience time and memories in a playful way.

I wanted to work on the concept of “conserving” memories so worked with materials that are used for such a purpose. Packaging foam is more orientated in conserving for travel purposes as in moving .This material contemplate journeys in this case a journey in time. The idea is to package memories and archive them in the cloud as dreamy, distant memoires. It is by going right into my brain archive that these memories light up, thus the use of lights inside the cloud. The light effect wants to draw attention to bringing memories alight and evocating the moments when memories surface.

At times we really need to walk into our archive to pick a moment in time and then it seems to shine bringing with it a string of other memories just like fireflies light up a dark night.

The small figure inside the cloud is positioned in a thoughtful and dreamy position looking up at distant at time and  faded memories of times past but emotionally alive.

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Floating Neurons at Campulongu, Sardinia, Italy

Creative Artwork on Brain Structure. When an atelierista and her students meet on a common theme. Celebrating creative collaboration.

Villasimius, Sardinia where my family and I spend our summer has an incredible impact on my thought patterns thus on my art. Spending 2 month here and then moving back to the mainland, in a town gives me the possibility of having two very different visions of the installation process of any of my artwork.

Sardinia: wild or just still slightly tamed where the elements, sun, wind, water and earth show their dramatic beauty. Here my artwork mingles with the elements or rather contrasts it as I very often use recycle materials like in my recent artwork. This contrast wants to draw attention on my lifelong interest in nature and the devastating effects of plastic consumerism. This is why I chose to make the meander/brain artwork float in the sea, as if drifting away, a sort of lotus flower that should make one meditate and consider the fragility of the sea and the beauty of thought. I chose the sunset, as it seems to be the time of the day, with dawn, where nature bursts with colour. Either waking up or falling asleep in a quite slumber where only sounds scan be heard and everything imagined. This is how I envisage brain activity…buzzing and in the dark.

The forest location represents the concept of meander. Walking along a path that weaves in, out and round. A primordial scene. The pine needles in their patterns on the ground remind me of the billions of possibilities that synapse have when fired and the tree trunks stand as the pillars of knowledge.

The night version or ‘Firing Neurons’ want to represent the constant activity in the brain. In addition, the ‘Alpha Mode’ the moments when we daydream and we are in our most creative phase. Children are very often in this mode, an instance in time where they are relaxed, creative and completely wrapped in their thoughts. With the projection inside the artwork, I wanted to represent brain activity with light. This has worked out ok but I would like to consider the possibility of projecting the video on a round mirror, for maximum effects.