“A painter told me that nobody could draw a tree without in some sort becoming a tree; or draw a child by studying the outlines of its form merely . . . but by watching for a time his motions and plays, the painter enters into his nature and can then draw him at every attitude
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays, I: History
In recent years I have been making paintings from bees’ wax and sculptures in bronze through “lost wax” in the area south of Siena called the Crete. Either art form would be a futile activity in this place – the surrounding countryside is itself already an artwork – if it’s goal were the identification of natural phenomena.
Making a garden, planting trees, growing fruits and vegetables have all brought me closer to my real subject, have given me an insight that can only come from interaction. Maybe this is why recent pieces rarely focus on any specific feature but rather the way things are formed, how they work and how they are connected to one another.