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polished bronze / polished bronze and white patina - 2021

cm H 33 x 16 x 17


The title derives from the Japanese and indicates the mysterious abilities that cannot be described in words; moreover, the literary term "symbolism" from the artistic point of view is considered in Italian the closest to the meaning of this word. Finally, the term Yugen, which literally translates as "slightly dark", has a wide range of meanings. In fact, it is not only used to describe the charm of dimly lit things whose limits and details we cannot fully understand, but it is also used with a broader sense, to indicate that which, being obscure, is unfathomable, mysterious and inscrutable because at the beyond human understanding: a work of art gives us yugen when we manage to catch a glimmer in it, an impression that for a moment, even if in words we would never be able to explain how, seems to reveal some of the secrets of 'universe. A door then opens: thanks to the name Yugen, our mind can begin to reflect on what is the relationship between our physical and spiritual being, and the universe that surrounds us. The surface is covered with symbols. The first is called Antahkarana: it is an ancient symbol of healing and meditation that has been used in Tibet and China for thousands of years. They describe the Antahkarana as a symbol of connection between the physical mind and the Higher Self. It has beneficial effects on the chakras and the aura even just with its proximity.

In fact, if a meditative activity is carried out with the symbol placed on the body or simply near it, the great macrocosmic orbit is generated (as defined by the Taoists). The great macrocosmic orbit influences, in turn, all the energy flow. This, in fact, instead of being absorbed by the crown chakra, which is located at the top of the head, would be absorbed by the feet. This would allow a continuous inflow of energy that involves all the chakras, welding the physical body to the earth. This symbol also means "inner knowledge" or "manifest mind". It represents a mental faculty, "sukshma-sharira", which includes the functions of the mind, both the higher and the intermediate ones, which descend to reincarnate. Antahkarana is therefore considered a "bridge" that facilitates the transition to more evolved mental states. This is why it is considered useful in meditation. Antahkarana concentrates and amplifies Reiki or other healing energies and, apparently, also connects the brain with the Crown Chakra, thus positively influencing all the energy centers and the aura of the subject. During meditation, the symbol seems to move and change, giving rise to other figures. It can be used to release the negative energies present in things or people and to clean the crystals. The silhouette emanates feelings of positivity and sacredness: it is not one of the lost Reiki symbols, but it is still positive for any field. The second, and last, symbol on the work is the Infinite Knot: it is one of the most used symbols in Tibetan iconography, it is a closed knot intertwined in a geometry of lines also intertwined with each other. This symbol is as if speaking of a beginning without an end. An interminable and infinite movement. In fact, the first meaning of this symbol is precisely a profound and sacred knowledge, the eternity of the Buddha's teachings and its representation of the great wisdom of him. The whole work speaks to us of a moment of very deep reflection, in search of a higher awareness capable of transcending the material, to reach an ancestral knowledge of ourselves and of the universe itself, as part of it as pulsating cells of energy.

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