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Michael Carini | LEARN MORE

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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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A lot of my work and content explores themes of rebirth and rising from the ashes. Rising from the ashes isn’t a one time thing. It’s not one and done. We often need to build ourselves up to tear ourselves down and then do it again…and again…and again. It’s a cyclical process of conditioning and rebuilding that is necessary for growth. Each time the goal is to rise and fly higher and higher, but it’s imperative to know when it’s time ignite the flames so we may rise again… dusty, dirty, and covered in ashes from the burning embers 🔥

These shots are from a shoot with Christa Maier where we sacrificed one of my most valuable paintings called “Because Nothing Never Was (Suicide Note).” I don’t sacrifice my art because of lack of value. I sacrifice my art specifically because of value. In order to obtain, a sacrifice must be made. This is the law of equivalent exchange and it is a key component of Acrylic Alchemy. Difficult sacrifices must be made in the name of growth and this was mine. Sometimes pieces of us must by laid to rest so that others may rise 🦅 This shoot required me to cover myself in ash (from the sacrificially burned painting) and gold paint (which you can see on my hand) and lay naked in the burning embers. It was one of the most powerful shoots I’ve ever done and also included a beautiful video and even a blooper real because you just can’t take life too seriously or it will consume you. You all have what it takes to rise and start anew. Are you willing to make the sacrifice 🌹

Learn more at CariniArts.com and see the video HERE

If you like what I do, please share my work. I can’t do what I do without your support.

Michael Carini | LEARN MORE

Happy Easter! A lot of my work and content explores themes of rebirth and rising from the ashes. Rising from the ashes isn’t a one time thing. It’s not one and done. We often need to build ourselves up to tear ourselves down and then do it again…and again…and again. It’s a cyclical process of conditioning and rebuilding that is necessary for growth. Each time the goal is to rise and fly higher and higher, but it’s imperative to know when it’s time ignite the flames so we may rise again… dusty, dirty, and covered in ashes from the burning embers.

This shot is from a shoot with Christa Maier where we sacrificed one of my most valuable paintings called “Because Nothing Never Was (Suicide Note).” I don’t sacrifice my art because of lack of value. I sacrifice my art specifically because of value. In order to obtain, a sacrifice must be made. This is the law of equivalent exchange and it is a key component of Acrylic Alchemy. Difficult sacrifices must be made in the name of growth and this was mine. Sometimes pieces of us must by laid to rest so that others may rise.

This shoot required me to cover myself in ash (from the sacrificially burned painting) and gold paint (which you can see on my hand) and lay naked in the burning embers. It was one of the most powerful shoots I’ve ever done and also included a beautiful video (included below) and even a blooper real because you just can’t take life too seriously or it will consume you. You all have what it takes to rise and start anew. Are you willing to make the sacrifice?

Learn more at CariniArts.com and see the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdKVsC87gNQ

Michael Carini | LEARN MORE

Happy Easter! A lot of my work and content explores themes of rebirth and rising from the ashes. Rising from the ashes isn’t a one time thing. It’s not one and done. We often need to build ourselves up to tear ourselves down and then do it again…and again…and again. It’s a cyclical process of conditioning and rebuilding that is necessary for growth. Each time the goal is to rise and fly higher and higher, but it’s imperative to know when it’s time ignite the flames so we may rise again… dusty, dirty, and covered in ashes from the burning embers.

This shot is from a shoot with Christa Maier where we sacrificed one of my most valuable paintings called “Because Nothing Never Was (Suicide Note).” I don’t sacrifice my art because of lack of value. I sacrifice my art specifically because of value. In order to obtain, a sacrifice must be made. This is the law of equivalent exchange and it is a key component of Acrylic Alchemy. Difficult sacrifices must be made in the name of growth and this was mine. Sometimes pieces of us must by laid to rest so that others may rise.

This shoot required me to cover myself in ash (from the sacrificially burned painting) and gold paint (which you can see on my hand) and lay naked in the burning embers. It was one of the most powerful shoots I’ve ever done and also included a beautiful video (included below) and even a blooper real because you just can’t take life too seriously or it will consume you. You all have what it takes to rise and start anew. Are you willing to make the sacrifice?

Learn more at CariniArts.com and see the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdKVsC87gNQ

Michael Carini | LEARN MORE

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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Michael Carini | Because Nothing Never Was (Suicide Note)

Painting sacrifice/suicide awareness photo shoot by:

 Christa Maier and Balm In Gilead