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[HORTUS CONCLUSUS – THE SECRET GARDEN]

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Usually when we see a tree we instantly relate the image with the tree we already know. The human being has the ability to recognize certain representations. What happens when some people can see different things in ordinary images and what happens further, when the author deliberately present an image that should have different interpretations? What means to be different among others? The Hortus Conclusus project is one of these examples, a project that defines somehow things that I see and love in a world beyond imaginary, in a world of dreams.

What exactly is Hortus Coclusus? Is Hortus Conclusus related to King Solomon, “Song of Songs” (4:12), to religious medieval representations or to metaphysical modern interpretations? As defined by the Merriam Webster dictionary is an “enclosed garden —used especially for depictions of the Virgin Mary in an enclosed garden symbolizing her virginity”. In the glossary of The National Gallery we found an interesting description of the sintax: “Hortus Conclusus is the Latin for an enclosed garden. The depiction of such a garden in Christian art from the Middle Ages onwards is often intended to suggest purity. The garden is frequently shown walled, so implying impenetrability. The image refers to the virginity of Mary, Christ’s mother. The idea of the Hortus Conclusus is also associated with the Garden of Eden of the Old Testament.” Beyond medieval representations and holistic interpretations, related also to architectural spaces defined and studied by many architects of our times as Carlo Scarpa, the Secret Garden remains a conceptual reference, a metaphor of the heavenly paradise and the Garden of Eden, maybe in Bosch paintings, meant to be discovered.

My enclosed garden, hides itself the sensitive approach to the world of imaginary, when some forms can determine different interpretation on a cerebral level, generating different images, from birds to fairy dragons. The Hortus Conclusus project includes, among others, the [Minimal Black] series of images, depicting in high contrast black and white images, a touch of nature continuous event, the waterfall in this case, and the different ways to interpret and recompose mentally a certain image or detail under the natural light. And yes, you can also see flying witches and fairy dragons… but maybe, you’ll see more.

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