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Insight #94

picabia, insight, coaching, ocean, art-therapy, infinity
Francis PICABIA – Les calanques, c.1945 – Huile sur carton, 50 x 60.5 cm


« Je suis le rivage et l’océan, en l’attente de moi-même de part et d’autre. »

“I am the shore and the ocean, awaiting myself on both sides.

― Dejan Stojanovic


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Insight #78

Amedeo MODIGLIANI, Jean Cocteau, portrait, art therapy, identity, self
Amedeo MODIGLIANI – Portrait de Jean Cocteau, 1916 – Huile sur toile, 100 x 81 cm


“Ce que le public te reproche, cultive-le. C’est toi.”

“What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.”

― Jean Cocteau


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Insight #75

michael borremans, the angel, insight, coaching, art-therapie, business coaching, career coaching, authenticity
Michael BORREMANS – The Angel, 2013 – Huile sur toile, 300 x 200 cm


“Nul homme ne peut pendant très longtemps se montrer un visage à lui-même et en présenter un autre au reste du monde sans finir par s’y perdre et se demander lequel des deux est le vrai.

“No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.”

― Nathaniel Hawthorne


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Insight #61

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Gustav KLIMT – Dame mit Muff, 1916 – Huile sur toile, 50 x 50 cm


“Il nous faut oser être nous-mêmes, tout effrayant ou étrange que cela puisse se révéler.

“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.”

― May Sarton


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When Art Meets Philosophy And Questions Identity

Video by Matteo Frittelli – Anish Kapoor | Descension for Galleria Continua, 2015


In this interview realised for a recent solo show in Italy, the British artist Anish Kapoor presents his views on what art and artists are. He draws a parallel with a journey « to discover something » which has to provoke a reflection through (maybe unconsciously) philosophical questions, inducing poetry and beyond.

Interestingly, he also makes a distinction between artworks and what those works really are, the same way our own identity cannot be simply resumed in the body we live in.

« If you think of ourselves, our bodies as an object, we occupy ourselves but I know I’m not just this. I think the same is true of all these things that we reflect upon as art. It’s a very special condition but in art there is this possibility of the object being something else. » ― Anish Kapoor

This refers to concepts such as identity, ego and the fundamental question of who we are, as explored by several generations of philosophers and psychologists. I will not initiate a never ending lecture that will cause more confusion than clarification. I will just repeat what the writer Eckhart Tolle wrote in one of his recent works, offering a very contemporary and accessible synthesis of Eastern spiritual teaching and old traditions…

“You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.” ― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening To Your Life’s Purpose


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Anish Kapoor – video still from the movie directed by matteo Frittelli, 2015


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Insight #17

Leronor Fini, self-portrait, self-awareness, self, autoportrait, identity
Leonor FINI – Autoportrait, 1968 – Huile sur toile, 84 x 61 cm


“Soyez vous-même.  Tous les autres sont déjà pris.”

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

― Oscar Wilde


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Insight #3

rene magritte, miroir, reproduction interdite, mirrors
René MAGRITTE – La Reproduction interdite, 1937 – Huile sur toile, 79 x 65 cm.


« What does a mirror look at? »

« Que regarde un miroir? »

― Frank Herbert


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