Category: abstract

Michael Carini | SHOP HERE

Michael Carini | SHOP HERE

Featured Painting: Searching for hoMe

We are all searching for home. We are all searching for ourselves. When we find ourselves, we will find home. I’ve spent the majority of my life “Searching for hoMe” and I still am. I don’t think that I’ve had many periods in my life where I felt safety and comfort for an extended period of time. It has always been a fight. Most of what I’ve known has been a struggle to survive and most of it has been completely alone. I don’t regret that because it has made me strong. It has made me the man I am today. Perhaps one day though, I can find that place to call home and someone to share it with. I will not stop “Searching for hoMe.”

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“Chasing The Gate (Searching For Deanne)” reflects upon feelings of anxiety, depression, and glimmers of hope as it highlights the disappearance of my best friend and muse, Deanne Hastings, in 2015. Deanne always called me her “Wings” and is the reason I have them tattooed on my back. Now she is my “Wings”…my guardian angel. This painting depicts a long and arduous quest to find Deanne and meeting her again one day at the gateway of heaven.

“The Gate Of Alchemy” or “The Gate Of Truth” is a metaphysical and metaphorical structure and the central point of transmutation in Acrylic Alchemy. I created Acrylic Alchemy based on the principal that if I utilize my pain and struggle to create something positive and beautiful, if I learn to love it, it can no longer hurt me. Learn to master your pain. Don’t let it consume you. Embrace the suffering and use your pain for the greater good. There are a lot of people out there that need their “Wings.”

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The energies and color chakra pieces are a subset from “The Boy In The Box” series. Commencing upon the precipice of homelessness, “The Boy In The Box” follows the rigid geometric structuring of the “The Up-Side Of Down” and represents the perpetual quest for personal freedom and breaking outside of the box.

Do you ever feel like you’re constantly on the edge? I do. The original “Perpetually Upon The Precipice” recently found a home but canvas prints are still available. Check out my new blog at CariniArts.com and if you enjoy my work or my stories, please share them. This month I’m focusing on stories about mental health. I need your support now more than ever. Have a beautiful day, even if it’s on the precipice.

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The energies and color chakra pieces are a subset from “The Boy In The Box” series. Commencing upon the precipice of homelessness, “The Boy In The Box” follows the rigid geometric structuring of the “The Up-Side Of Down” and represents the perpetual quest for personal freedom and breaking outside of the box.

Do you ever feel like you’re constantly on the edge? I do. The original “Perpetually Upon The Precipice” recently found a home but canvas prints are still available. Check out my new blog at CariniArts.com and if you enjoy my work or my stories, please share them. This month I’m focusing on stories about mental health. I need your support now more than ever. Have a beautiful day, even if it’s on the precipice.

Michael Carini | LEARN MORE

Michael Carini | LEARN MORE

Commencing upon the precipice of homelessness, “The Boy In The Box” follows the rigid geometric structuring of the “The Up-Side Of Down” and represents the perpetual quest for personal freedom and breaking outside of the box.

“Chasing The Gate (Searching For Deanne)” reflects upon feelings of anxiety, depression, and glimmers of hope as it highlights the disappearance of my best friend and muse, Deanne Hastings, in 2015. Deanne always called me her “Wings” and is the reason I have them tattooed on my back. Now she is my “Wings”…my guardian angel. This painting depicts a long and arduous quest to find Deanne and meeting her again one day at the gateway of heaven.

“The Gate Of Alchemy” or “The Gate Of Truth” is a metaphysical and metaphorical structure and the central point of transmutation in Acrylic Alchemy. I created Acrylic Alchemy based on the principal that if I utilize my pain and struggle to create something positive and beautiful, if I learn to love it, it can no longer hurt me. Learn to master your pain. Don’t let it consume you. Embrace the suffering and use your pain for the greater good. There are a lot of people out there that need their “Wings.”

This painting and many more are available at CariniArts.com at affordable prices with worldwide shipping (free on qualified orders) and payment plan options. I also have added a blog with some of my most personal stories. If you like what I do, please check it out and share. I need your shares and referrals to continue living this dream. I can’t do what I do without you.

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All of the paintings from my April/May 2012 artist residency with Alexander Salazar Fine Art were named after the strangers I encountered and interacted with on the streets of Downtown San Diego. For 50 days, I literally became “The Boy In The Box” as I worked, on public display, from this little box on Broadway.

 
“Hidensique” was named after a quiet and elusive man that I noticed passing by day after day during my first week. He would always slow as he passed, but keep moving without stopping or coming in. He would just watch from the window, as many did, not wanting to intrude. After establishing that same pattern the first handful of days, he popped his head in around the end of the week and asked if he could share something. He introduced himself as Enrique and was always carrying a staff with him. It was an easy way to recognize him considering my head was buried in my work 12-15 hours a day. He told me that my work had stopped him in his tracks and really spoke to him, inspiring him to write a poem the night before. Though he did not want to show his face, he offered to share that poem on one of the videos documenting my experience. I named “Hidensique” after Enrique. It’s an abstract composite of his name and the game “Hide-and-Seek” because of his elusive nature. 

Most of these strangers passing by and interacting with me had no idea that they were my creative inspiration and were becoming pieces of my work during my residency. Because Enrique passed by almost daily, he had a chance to see the painting he inspired before my time ended as “The Boy In The Box.” It brought him to tears. We kept in touch for a brief period after my residency, but as just as he did during my residency, he eventually faded into the distance and disappeared. I know he’s still out there somewhere, probably still watching my work progress from a new window.

You can hear that poem at CariniArts.com under the description of “Hidensique.” If you like my work or stories, please follow and share. You make what I do possible. I could not do this without you.

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“Reconstruction of the Chimera (Zachericle)” tells the story of the mythological phoenix while also incorporating personal narrative elements and concepts of the ouroboros & chimera. Created during my 2012 artist residency, it was inspired by a young man named Zach. Zach would stop by on a daily basis to grab a piece of candy from the bucket I left by the door for those passing by. One day, Zach decided to step in a little further than usual which led to a deeper conversation. I handed Zach a print of my work for stopping by, at which point tears welled up in his eyes. It was at that time that Zach told me he had been living on the street and was just accepted into a program where he would have a bed to sleep for the first time in a long time. My print, he said, was one of the only things in his possession that he could call his own, and the first thing for him to hang above his bed. By the time I finished this painting, Zach had stopped coming by. I don’t believe he ever saw it and hopefully that’s because he’s doing well. Sometimes we just need a chance to start over.

The ashes in this piece are from a painting I burned titled “The Transmutation of Miss-Tere” and the cut fragments are from a piece titled “Sacrifices and Second Chances (The Day Eye Made The Devil Blink).”

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“Faces Of The Parabox” is a subset from “The Boy In The Box” series. Commencing upon the precipice of homelessness, “The Boy In The Box” follows the rigid geometric structuring of the “The Up-Side Of Down” and represents the perpetual quest for personal freedom and breaking outside of the box.

“Light Of The Shadow Caster” reflects upon the dichotomy and duality that existing within all of us. Where there is darkness, there is light. Where there is light, there is darkness. It’s just a matter of perspective and which you allow to dominate you and your life. Don’t like where you are? Change it. You cannot wait for someone to change your life for you because you may be waiting forever. Change your own life. Be your own light. When you learn to do it yourself, nobody can ever take it away from you and if you ever fall back into the darkness, you will know wholeheartedly that you can pull yourself out. 

When is the best time to change your life? Yesterday. When is the next best time? Today. Yesterday’s tomorrow has already arrived so tomorrow is no longer a valid excuse. 

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“The Up-Side of Down” was inspired by a 2009 assault and battery that hospitalized me with multiple facial fractures, severe eye trauma, and a concussion. My signature icon, which I saw flashing in my head during the concussive state, is a key repeating element in this series that represents life growing from death and discovering the positives in negatives.

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month I’m sticking with the theme of SELF-LOVE. This painting is the sequel to my painting “I Will Never Let You Love Me (Because I Could Never Love Myself)” from 2010. I would love to say it only took that 6 years to discover and build self-love but the truth is that it has been a lifetime of work and will likely be a perpetual work in progress until the end of my days. Some days I really feel it and some days I really don’t…but I’m still here fighting and working on it…and that’s my progress because God knows there have been many days I didn’t want to be. Self-love is hard but it will open your eyes and change your life. Hang in there and keep working on it. You are valuable. You are beautiful.  

For this painting, I had to be patient and seek out a wood panel that had natural wood grain patterns resembling hearts so I could pull them out in the painting. This is one of the love and heart themed piece that has helped inspire my forthcoming “Puzzled Hearts” series.

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This is a detail shot of “Searching for hoMe.” The title is not a typo. We are all searching for home. We are all searching for ourselves. When we find ourselves, we will find home.

I’ve spent the majority of my life “Searching for hoMe” and I still am. I don’t think that I’ve had many periods in my life where I felt safety and comfort for an extended period of time. It has always been a fight. Most of what I’ve known has been a struggle to survive and most of it has been completely alone. I don’t regret that because it has made me strong. It has made me the man I am today. Perhaps one day though, I can find that place to call home and someone to share it with. I will not stop “Searching for hoMe.”

I love this photo because half obscured in the distance is a photo of myself. Home is right in front of me, I just can’t see it yet. If I continue moving forward though, I will.

If you like my work or my stories, please share. You make what I do possible. Canvas prints of this painting are available at CariniArts.com so please check it out 🙂