Language of Stones Resonates in Artist's Work

  • Universal Elements, Universal Emotions Artist Denise Milan with her work, "Into the Realm of Love and Forgiveness: The Language of Stones," during the Fetzer Global Gathering in Assisi, Italy. Image Credit: Fetzer Institute

  • Universal Elements, Universal Emotions Artist Denise Milan's work, "Into the Realm of Love and Forgiveness: The Language of Stones." Image Credit: Denise Milan

  • Universal Elements, Universal Emotions Artist Denise Milan with her work, "Into the Realm of Love and Forgiveness: The Language of Stones," during the Fetzer Global Gathering in Assisi, Italy. Image Credit: Denise Milan

  • Universal Elements, Universal Emotions Artist Denise Milan's work, "Into the Realm of Love and Forgiveness: The Language of Stones," displayed during the Fetzer Global Gathering in Assisi, Italy.

Language of Stones Resonates in Artist's Work

Assisi, Italy’s landscape as sacred space converges with the heritage of the Franciscan spiritual revolution and Denise Milan’s personal call as an artist to foster awareness of the transformative force of love and forgiveness in the installation “Into the Realm of Love and Forgiveness: The Language of Stone.” 

Using stone, especially crystals and varieties of quartz formations, “I created an epic to re-signify the stones as found objects,” Milan says of the installation she conceived as part of the Fetzer Institute’s September 2012 Global Gathering in Assisi. “Rather than attempt to change these natural objects, I research their nature and discover a hidden, universal language. In this way I am able to decode what the stones are telling us, and the epic story resonates with the formation of these precious stones and the struggles that we humans face in life: who we are, the recognition of the Other, our quest to be part of the Universe in liberating us from the illusion of the Self.”
 
Crystals, symbols of purity and transformation in the iconography of many cultural and spiritual traditions, are held up in Milan’s work as new, luminous, and variegated formations. Suffused with peacefulness and imbued with a universal sense of tolerance, profound compassion, and selfless love, Milan's photo collages and stone sculptures are driven by her commitment to making visible the relationship between stone, as a basic element in the universe, and its inherent messages for human survival on an evolving planet.
 
This is a project of the Fetzer Advisory Council on the Arts and curator Franca Di Valerio.