I don’t want to give you the idea that I am a philosopher, but my personal growth is strictly connected with my professional growth. What I learn in my job always has a reflection in my spiritual life. Since I moved to Australia, I have wanted to change the way I have always designed gardens and at the same time my point of view on life.
I don’t think there is any reason to design a garden or an object (or anything else) if they don’t show something magical and unique, if they don’t evoke something beyond what they represent. In fact the sight has the horizon as a limit, but the imagination doesn’t have any constraint.
That’s why every day I spend part of my time looking for inspiration: pictures, videos, books, whatever could feed my ability to tell and evoke. My need to know and understand is a hunger with no end, and the curiosity I feel about life has no limits. The observation of Nature often suggests the answer to the questions I have in my soul: the mind loves complications and, at the opposite end, Nature is simple.
But simple rarely means easy.
Lately I have been studying the theory of colours and how they interact. I have been studying how relationships work, especially that one that I have with my partner Mike who moved from Italy with me. What I am learning is that colours and relationships are not easy. At all.
Some months ago I went back to Lambley, the beautiful nursery owned by David Glenn. In the same occasion I met his partner, Criss Canning, an extraordinary painter. The lunch Mike and I enjoyed with them is one of those rare moments in life when you don’t need to talk, you only need to listen and hope to not to miss anything.
David and Criss are like complementary colours: together they work perfectly.
Do you know why the combination between two complementary colours is harmonic? Because the eye perceives it as balanced (it’s more complicated than that but more about that another time). It’s the same reason why a walk in the Nature is perceived as relaxing: the green colour is the only one that doesn’t need to be focussed by the eye.
There is more: when the eye perceives a colour, it needs to automatically create its complementary and project it next to it. That’s why complementary colour combinations look very bright: it’s like the eye perceives the colour twice.
David and Criss project their aura on each other and the result, their relationship, their interaction is something new and powerful that you can also notice in their works: the paintings of Criss remind me of the Lambley gardens. David’s garden is not just a combination of mixed borders: it’s a modern celebration of colours, I would say pop.
In addition, I have finally understood how colours work together and how harmonious relationships should work.
P.S. The next Criss Canning exhibition will be held in Melbourne at the Mossgreen Gallery in Melbourne from Sunday 28 May to 26 June 2016. I will certainly be there!