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Crisalidi

by Ilaria Sagaria

What do we keep from our childhood? What remains of its magic and that existential fragility that seems impossible to hold back?
Since I started working as a teacher I found myself catapulted into an unexpected world. Day after day I began to look at childhood with different eyes: I saw in these little women tender and dark creatures at the same time, like chrysalises heading towards something unknown. Since ancient times, human beings have been fascinated by the mystery of metamorphosis, like a message that has never been deciphered. This work is an attempt to investigate adolescence as a story of being and its change on multiple overlapping levels.
In the world of insects, the chrysalis represents the nymphal stage of butterflies preparing to undergo a metamorphosis; in psychology, however, it implies the infinite potential of being in the phases of its transformations: just as the butterfly emerges at the end of a mysterious process of change, similarly human consciousness goes through various phases, enclosing a process and a history.
Within a poetic and psychological dimension of change, intimacy becomes sensorial trespass: our mind, frame after frame, finds itself involved in a pseudoscientific dimension where enchantment and reality overlap.
Dreamlike figures of little girls with porcelain bodies seem to abandon themselves to a mechanism of perpetual temporal dilation capable of softening their entry into adult life. Dreamy looks with a hermetic and intimate flavour, interrupted gestures that give life to those sentimental anxieties inherent in growth.
Sumptuous sentimental allegories emerge that take us back to the outside world through images of insects, anatomical shreds, faded pages and words that underline the concept of impermanence in the difficult construction of the self. In this odyssey of humanity, the inner and outer world mix in an attempt to decipher the mysterious enigma of adolescence.

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