Michael Carini | Art Journal
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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 my concussive state, is a key repeating element in this series that represents life growing from death and discovering the positives in negatives.
Featured: On The Broken Road Between Reality And Truth. Acrylic, Earrings, and Cloth on Panel. 30 x 48. 2010. I created this painting when I discovered that my best friend and muse, Deanne Hastings, had been found after being declared a missing person for several days during her trip home in 2010. This painting contains pieces of a letter I wrote her (reflecting upon my thoughts and what I wanted to say to her at that time) as well as her earrings and some cloth she had left me the last time I had seen her. We all lose our way at one point or another. Keep your eyes open for the spark that will illuminate your path On The Broken Road Between Reality And Truth-
In 2015, Deanne went missing again and has yet to be found. She was a troubled young woman but had the world inside her and she made me a better person. I wouldn’t be where I am or who I am today without her.
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