In those, which in my opinion are the most emblematic of Eleonora Pulcini’s paintings, I sense, like a latent doubt, a suspicion that our world might not be “the best of the possible worlds”, as Leibniz would quote. It is an imperfect world, the one that stopped Pulcini, Roman born, Australian adopted, to have an uninterrupted memory in relation to her life, faithful to those same places, same people and same emotions.
Leibniz had his religious beliefs to sustain his logic certainties: if God is perfection even the world he created must be so.
But what if Faith is not there to assist us, can we strive for perfection elsewhere?
Find it in those things that aren’t perfect, but could we still conceive them as if they were?
There is no need to change the cards entirely, Nature is already fascinating the way it appears to us and in Australia we can understand that better than anywhere else. But maybe it could be even more fascinating if we try to mutate some of its aspects in order to make it more plausible, now having consistency, which under normal circumstances would be highly unlikely.
Imagine skies where we could see not just the closer stars and planets but even the far away constellations, giving our eyes the abilities of powerful telescopes. Imagine a mythological bird soaring from the ocean’s water at sunset, nurtured by the fiery reds unloaded from the clouds down low. IMAGINE, this is the magic word.
Whether or not our world is perfect, our mind is capable of creating other, not less intriguing, worlds through Art.
Sceneries of infinite fantastic narratives in which every element speaks about itself without having to appeal (refer) to other things, much less to humans, a negligible influence not only in the events of the Universe, but also in the meanderings of Pulcini’s imagination.
A single presence in her paintings, her mind, which everything causes, and everything contains.
If God really is perfection, then so are even these places imagined by Pulcini.
“The best of the IMPOSSIBLE worlds”, is what a painter must represent.”