The Wandering Mind. Loose strings of creative thought. The mind’s journey in time, space and knowledge.

The mind is always engaged. The mind wanders. The mind is invited to score the sky as we look out the window and goes on marvellous journeys as we catch butterflies.

The mind is always engaged. The mind wanders. The mind is invited to score the sky as we look out the window and goes on marvellous journeys as we catch butterflies.

“Through mind-wandering, we invent tell stories, expand our mental horizons. Mind-wandering underwrites creativity.” (Corballis, M. 2015)

What does the brain do when the mind wanders? Does it wonder? Does it create visions? Does it tie loose ends and open new possibilities? Is it at its most creative?

This short essay wants to investigate the journey the mind takes when being itself, following a natural path and drifting towards currents of thoughts that lead beyond the moment.

“All that is gold does not glitter,

Not all those who wander are lost;

The old that is strong does not wither,

Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”

(Tolkien JRR. 1954)

Mind wandering may thread loose strings of creative thought to unsolved problems and unanswered questions. The past, present and the future work along each other creating infinite possibilities and maybe the mind in these moments is at rest, dynamic rest.

Some suggest meditation as a way to settle the mind and find peace at last. But maybe the mind is happiest and fulfilled when travelling in time and space, it is the individual who judges the calm or the storm. The mind is itself. Should it be tamed or listened to?

 

 

Video installations

All video installations available on my Vimeo account. video installations 

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Brain Trees

The Brain Trees represent the beauty, complexity and activity of the creative mind. They are a metaphor of growth through the unfurling of nature’s evolution of the brain and it’s manifestations. The keys words : beauty, connectivity, speed, cognition, journey, border crossings, creativity, collective unconscious, intelligence, colour and form. The materials were  collected from my …

Brainstorm exhibition Monza September 2017.

Thanks to the great and enthused audience that contributed to the exhibit. Your words of inspiration have added enormous value to the experience.

The next chapter will soon begin.

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.

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.