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Michael Carini | LEARN MORE

Michael Carini | LEARN MORE

Do you remember that self-portrait of depression I shared last week? My newest creation is complete. “Between The Gates (The Alchemist’s Key)” is finally complete. This one really tested me but it was imperative I finish it during Mental Health Awareness Month. Though it was an up and down journey, it played out exactly as it needed to and it really couldn’t have gone any other way for me to arrive where I did. This one kind of blew my mind to be truthful. I will be going on Instagram Live (@acrylicalchemy) today to discuss some of the subtleties and symbolism because there is a whole lot more to this painting than meets the eye.

This painting reflects upon being trapped between two gates and the search for the key to escape. The truth is, you already have it. You are the key. You are the key to everything in your life. It is also up to you to determine which gate you open. The same key opens both gates and only you can make the decision. One gate leads to regret, but it’s a practical road filled with familiar comforts. The other gate leads to everything you ever dreamed of, but it will require you to crawl through hell to get there and it will sometimes feel as if that hell has no end. Decide-

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Michael Carini | LEARN MORE

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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. We all create our own boxes and some more than others.

This painting tells a story of creation and the interconnectedness of relationships. If you look closely, you may spot a large figure in the upper right corner and a much smaller figure in the bottom right. The smaller figure is in a state of genesis, feeding and growing from the nourishment and energy of the other.

This painting does have ties to a specific creation story, referencing Eve being created from the rib of Adam. Shortly after this painting was completed, someone vandalized it, puncturing and cutting through it right where Eve’s rib is. I had to patch Eve’s rib and carefully mend it, which I feel added to the symbolism and energy of the painting.

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In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, I wanted to share something beneath the paint. On the floor and perhaps a bit obscured by what surrounds it is a self-portrait. It’s a self-portrait of depression. What may appear as just a solid black color field is actually a deep blue. It has a shimmer when the light hits it just right. Most people will just see black though and not take a closer look. It also has textures or “scars” that influenced how it came to this state and what it will become. It wasn’t always blue. It wasn’t always like this. Days before it was a bright yellow with ochre and sky blue accents…but something didn’t feel quite right. Something was off. Sometimes things are just off and a wave of blue crashes over us, leaving us in an Indanthrone haze with a hint of Payne’s Grey. It doesn’t have to last forever, but it may not change today, or tomorrow, or next week. Sometimes it is only by allowing ourselves to feel that blue, in acknowledging it, that we are able to deal with it and work through it. That blue is a part our story and we shouldn’t have to hide it. At the same time, only you can change your blue. Only you can add the other colors of the palette and shape your colorful composition. There is a plan for this blue, for this this self-portrait. Things may not play out as planned. They certainly didn’t start out as planned because this wasn’t the original vision. This is where things are though, a blue base, and only you can choose how you respond to your circumstances and how you will move forward. This is a self-portrait of depression. It may be a reflection of you or it may be someone you know. It is often me and it is my self-portrait. It is my current work in progress.

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Michael Carini | LEARN MORE

Michael Carini | LEARN MORE

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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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.”

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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.

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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.

I don’t wonder because I wander. I wander because I wonder. This one is dedicated to the avant-garde, the wanderers, the frontier pushers. Wishing you great prosperity and safe travels.

Original 72in x 45in: $11,250

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“Within The Bounds Of Without”

Our only limitations are the ones we create for ourselves. This painting depicts my signature icon piercing the box I had created for myself. Only you can free yourself from your self-imposed box. I thought this would be a great piece to share today because of how it relates to my story (and possibly yours) as well as the celebration of Earth Day. 

In case you missed it, yesterday was a big day for me with the 10 Year Anniversary of the assault and battery that gave birth to Acrylic Alchemy and “The Up-Side Of Down.” If you want to see some of the news coverage & video clips, you can check out my blog at CariniArts.com 🙂

I did an Instagram Live video yesterday telling the story in full for the first time in 10 years. I’ll be doing another Instagram Live video today for any follow up questions. My Instagram handle is @acrylicalchemy for those that would like to tune in and check it out.

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Year ago I sacrificed one of my paintings “The Transmutation Of Miss-Tere” in an alchemical process of equivalent exchange (video footage available on YouTube). In order to obtain, a sacrifice is always necessary. I saved the remnants of the framework that survived the flames and shaped them in the form of an “A” for “Acrylic Alchemy.” It is floating between two pieces of glass and you can still spot one of the dollar bills that was part of the sacrificed painting. I have not yet had an opportunity to showcase this piece but it is available. Sacrifices of this nature have become a regular part of my work and process.

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