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Donald Guadagni on the power of visual art to mirror the soul of the artist, without revealing too much.
In a world that can be the carrier of cold indifference, which has from time to time obliquely skewed even the most revered comfort from my life. I found refuge and a measure of solace with a piece of white copier paper and black Bic medium point pen.
Where spoken language in all its manifold forms fell short or utterly failed to give substance to the abstract emotions that roiled within us, without form, I found a vehicle to coalesce and frame feelings that could never be shared or expressed by mere words.
I understood that this form of art was the voiceless expression that allowed the conveyance of an emotional state in a manner that offered personal catharsis without a rebuttal or analysis by those whom before I might have tried to explain my conflicts and turmoil.
The juxtaposition of only black and white was a profound statement in itself, that the essence and forms that flowed onto the paper captured the diametric polarity and comparatives I sought in order to frame a fleeting glimpse, and sense of my psyche.
Reflective art that mirrors the artist, each piece containing a fragment of the soul. The vehicle in which my unfulfilled wishes and greatest fears could reach out without the menace and emotion of the spoken word. A statement of the abstracts into a tangible form that could be shared without revealing intimate content.
Even as I write my thoughts here to share with you the reader, I would find it difficult or impossible to map the evolution that lead me to use this type of art as expression. It manifests in all children to some degree and either is embraced and taken forward In life as part of our spirit or simply discarded and forgotten at childhood’s end. Such a pity.
Donald Guadagni is an international educator, author, and writer currently teaching and conducting research in Beijing China. His publication work includes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, prose, academic, photography and his artwork. Former iterations, military, law enforcement, prisons, engineering, and wayward son.