This piece  is entitled  after one of Paul Valéry’s poems “Fragment of the Narcissus”,  evoking our need for connection, the state of excruciating vulnerability it entails, along with the greediness and blindness relationships can foster. The passage from which I chose this verse describes a couple tangling and fighting, their passionate embrace giving birth to monsters, as love also spawns self-delusion and lies. It was presented at the 2020 Bologna edition of Paratissima Art Fair, on the theme "NEEDS". 

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