On Becoming

On Becoming

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Fine artist Celia Liberace and composer Nick Marsella use oil painting and music as mediums to touch upon themes of growth, disintegration, resilience, and metamorphosis in their short film entitled “On Becoming”. Both the visual and musical elements were created alongside one another in a linear fashion, deeply informing each other along the way. Symbolic imagery runs parallel with an upbeat yet fluctuating rhythm in order to communicate the compelling nature of one’s setbacks and experiences of self-actualization. Note from the artist, I often use anatomy as a means to connect to the natural world. I render trees like I do the human figure, and vice versa. In this collaborative piece, I articulated the transformation of a flower morphing into a falling figure that, after undergoing a string of metamorphoses, returns to its original state. Through this transformation, I aimed to explicitly draw parallels between these two entities—the figure and the plant. Similarly to the structure of a plant, both our physical and emotive natures are symmetrical and orderly yet bumpy and unpredictable. The same goes for facial features. We empathize with the twists, turns, and holes found in nature just as we do the wrinkles, moles, and watery tear ducts found on our bodies. And so, just as one is faced with the individual portrayed, they are facing a reflection of themselves and the natural world they are a part of. This piece made its world premiere at Glorya Kaufman Studio at Juilliard on February 23 of 2020.

On Becoming

Celia Liberace
by Celia Liberace
media: mixed media
year: 2020
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tags: education & awareness , plant life , recycling , water , activism

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