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The snail

In his paintings the Artist constantly uses this fascinating symbol. Since ancient times, the spiral has been considered a symbol of perfection. From prehistoric times, this form has touched man’s imagination. Ancient man probably observed it in the concentric circles and in the whirlpools found in water. These spirals in water evoke a sense of “sinking” in the waters of the spirit world, which would explain why these forms appear as graffiti in the great blocks of stone used as tombs in prehistory. But for the artist the spiral represents above all the idea of relativity and of man’s mistaken relative perception. If we observe the spiral from the external part towards the internal part, it seems to end in the centre, just like the snail’s shell. If we observe it from the internal part toward the external part, it seems to go on to infinity. But we know that the spiral by definition is infinite in both directions. But it also represents the duality and the ambiguity of human nature and of the cosmos; the snail is a hermaphrodite, male and female at the same time. The presence of two opposite and complementary natures in the same being. The artist often depicts it as transparent crystal, as if to emphasize the extreme fragility of the idea of perfection concealed in the beauty of the form. Good and evil, light and dark, Yin and Yang, in that precarious and perfect balance that is the motor of life.