"MY TRUTHS SHINE THOUGH THE
WATER ON PAPER."
LEARN TO COOK IN THE CITY OF CULINARY DELIGHTS
Antonio E Costa
SWIRL, SNIFF, SIP IN WINE COUNTRY
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Haiku is traditionally a very short form of Japanese poetry. Aesthetically, a haiku is internally sufficient and independent of context. E Costa's inspiration behind this series is the “haiku moment,” which is a directly observed everyday landscape suffused with the emotion of the moment. He expresses this with delicacy and force - two elements that have to be wielded with spontaneity and sensitivity of emotion, united with strength of technique. This is only possible in the “haiku moment" -- a state approaching zen, where the artist is simply a filter to express the emotion/idea as perfectly as possible, having lived it intensely beforehand. The essence of the haiku is absolute simplicity and directness of expression, without negating the complexity of emotion and thought that underlie the work. A poet is touched and humbled by the wonders of nature; a painter feels the same. They only use different materials.
The Nilgiris Series
The mixture of gentle greens and intransigent rock of the Nilgiris are a constant challenge. The cloud and snake emblems blend with the vastness of the skyscapes. Sunrise and sunset, rain and radiance meet in an aura of light. E Costa's unique language as a contemporary artist sees one of the oldest mountain ranges in India, through the refreshing prism of abstraction.
These paperworks were created from the fulcrums of various cultures: the masks and earth colours of Africa; the dances, earth and air spirits of the Native Americans; the shamans, deserts and rock temples of Mexico and the lingam symbols of India.