Some of my paintings are inspired by geodes, which are a part of non-biological nature, but which have always fascinated the human eye for their incredible beauty.

On Wikipedia the explanation of what a geode is,  is as follows:

Geodes… are geological secondary formation within sedimentary and volcanic rocks. Geodes are hollow, vaguely circular rocks, in which masses of mineral matter (which may include crystals) are secluded. The crystals are formed by the filling of vesicles in volcanic and sub-volcanic rocks by minerals deposited from hydrothermal fluids…

Geodes can form in gas bubbles in igneous rocks, such as vesicles in basaltic lava; or… in rounded cavities in sedimentary formations. After rock around the cavity hardens, dissolved silicates and/or carbonates are deposited on the inside surface. Over time, this slow feed of mineral constituents from groundwater or hydrothermal solutions allows crystals to form inside the hollow chamber…

When cut in half, visible bands corresponding to varied stages of precipitation may at times show patterns that reveal points of fluid entry into the cavity and/or varied colors corresponding to changes in chemistry.

Geode banding and coloration is the result of variable impurities. Iron oxides will impart rust hues to siliceous solutions, such as the commonly observed iron-stained quartz. Most geodes contain clear quartz crystals, while others have purple amethyst crystals. Still others can have agate, chalcedony, or jasper banding or crystals such as calcite, dolomite, celestite, etc.”

The geodes are formed from masses of magma whose non-homogeneous and very slow internal cooling, allows the minerals to arrange themselves according to the crystal lattice.

So those marvels of crystals and colors are the result of hundreds of thousands of years of “work” that the chemical elements have done. Here too the heat, the flame I am so fond of, (the flame in my name) has played a fundamental role in the formation of these magnificent elements.

These volcanic rocks , are born by means of the action of the heat in the heart of the earth and then, with the slow cooling, everything, inside them has found an order, has taken its place in one of its spaces, with very specific forms, the crystals.

Geodes for me are also symbols and signs: inside a stone, which seems common, even ugly and insignificant, hides an unknown and wonderful world. It is hard to believe, but it is often like this also in our life: the heart is the most important thing, beyond appearances. Maybe it’s a sentence taken for granted, resentful, but let’s think about how many times we judge only on appearance: “ah no, that thing is not for me, … That person seems so dull … so unpleasant”.

And the work to create them? A work of patience, of precision, which has an incredibly surprising outcome, I would say  “brilliant” result, for the games that light creates by reflecting in those crystals.

With my work I try to convey all this: the beauty that the Eternal Father wanted us to experience in contemplating these natural elements, which, although not living creatures, tell us about the Beauty with the capital B and also teach us something in life, if we try to understand their language.


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