This beautiful piece of writing was sent to me by our lovely model Debora. She came to London from Florence, Italy to model at the studios in January this year and stayed until the end of June. The studio’s life and atmosphere is as much enhanced by the wonderfully creative and diverse models who pose for us so diligently as all the students.
I have interspersed her writing with paintings by myself, Jill Hooper and Michael Gallone.
What would happen if suddenly the work of art in front of you gave voice to its thoughts? It is said that Michelangelo, in front of his masterpiece, got angry, asking his sculpture “Why don’t you speak?”
Imagine that the model, who posed for you for twenty-five days, is now here to open her heart and tell you what gave her this experience.
This is what encouraged me every morning to wake up and come here:
A dialogue made of lights and shadows, shapes and spaces, colors and silences. The pencils dancing to the rhythm of the senses and the brushes flowing on my thoughts … relating the wonder of this meeting. The curiosity to see me always new through your eyes, as if I were meeting myself for the first time. Being interpreted by people from different cultures, countries, ethnic groups, but who all share the same love for “Beauty”.
What I feel when I’m posing is an intimate bonding of knowledge, with myself and with he / her who is in front of me. A pure relationship, of mutual listening. A game of glances, where we can breathe the respect for the human being. Life vs Life, I learned the limits and the secrets of my body. A continuous search between Perfection, Harmony and Truth.
Your artwork will remain, forever, a testimony of this meeting.
Finally, a sincere thank you goes to those expert and attentive eyes, the teachers, who patiently gave us the instructions to live well these moments, transmitting their knowledge and bringing out the best in us.
Having said that, it only remains for me to bow and give thanks in front of the universal language of Art.
*** Debora ***