Lemniscate: a curve to be free

Fine art Photography by Manuela Metra

“If you want something you have to stop looking …” I quote off the cuff a maximum Zen, but there are other treasures, very many who are in the world sprawling Zen. Zen and art have much in common first and perhaps most important to be able to see the human being as an ongoing process, then they have in common the need to use a few words and even no …

Metamorphosis, change, impermanence, are some of the concepts that permeate the art and Zen. I have found around me a common concept as perilous, goes something like this: “or this or that.” When you enter in ‘opposition believing that there is an incompatibility of opposites, life, the flow of energy, creativity, everything stops. Enter a paralyzing cold and so the creative process is sterilized, nothing is fruitful in the arid world of ‘O / O (or this or that = O / O). We grow up in a system that pushes a lot in this direction, it seems vital to have to choose to “know how to be” to have a personality, and finally the mechanism ends up feeding protervamente that piece of Everything that you have chosen to represent if themselves. We’ve all been. Adolescence is necessary to define, detach, recognize, with the opposition, but then what? Then we become what we say we are in words, sometimes trapped in the poor vocabulary that we chose too modest or stingy, narrow corridors, on small landings, without exploring the whole building, the neighborhood, the territory. According to Zen Buddhism Himalayan the deep peace of Nirvana leads to not have preferences, and along the way you learn that everything is relative. How you can metabolize deep in the ability to combine any pair of opposites? Each of us lives polar situations, just think of the nature, day and night, male and female, joy and pain, cold hot, sympathy antipathy, in short, what comes to mind. But, what if, instead of using the scalpel of choice, we try to put together a pair of opposites? It’s possible? We are meeting math, lemniscate Bernoulli is an algebraic curve in the shape of eight, was treated by Bernoulli, but before he took Cassini. The eight-is the ability to merge two polarities’, between which flows a current of life.

The lemniscate is the basis of life and is found in various parts of the human body, in the plant world and the animal world, just search. To metabolize this possibility and make it their own in life, allowing them to reconcile polarities without amputating several pieces, but on the contrary, taking advantage of the existing vital current between the poles, you can have an experience. artistic part, experiencing the construction of the lemniscate, both in the design of forms, both in the modeling, we live this reality: it is possible, we see that it exists. Instead of expressions like or this, or that,  and replace this and that. This opens a door through which enters the infinite, with infinite possibilities. What will happen is to discover, finally there is the mystery that we are, there are people who enters cautiously, those watching in amazement, who hovers abandoning, those who weep, who dives laughing ….. to each his own so, are all perfect ….. to each his own curve are all unique in the making, perfect …….


Hi, I’m Manuela, urban potter and Italian artist who’s passionate about exploring the expressive potential of clay. With a love for Wabi Sabi aesthetics and the beauty of imperfection, I create bespoke ceramics, paintings, and fine art photography. My studio, nestled in the charming city of Milan, is a magical box where creativity runs wild and beauty is abundant. Whether you’re looking to bring a touch of magic into your everyday life, or simply to explore your creative side through art therapy I’m here to inspire and encourage you on your journey. I bring art into the world and celebrate the beauty in every moment. This blog is my Artistic Salad, filled with creativity, beauty, joie de vivre, passion and tools for creative minds.

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