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Doodleit Picture is a work created on the experience of failure.

Failures are objective facts. Actions with a negative outcome. Events marking the end of an ambition. They involve the author at an inner level.

These experiences may be mainly experienced in two ways. Positively. By shrugging off defeat and getting ready to better deal with future endeavors. Negatively. By becoming prey to a state of affliction that can lead to more harmful aspects.

Dealing with a major failure is an almost inevitable misfortune during the course of the years. I went through such an experience for a goal that became increasingly out of reach: becoming a famous artist in a short time effortlessly. The negative result caused a period of disinterestedness in art. Empty days filled with long walks and various readings influenced by a special preference for stories of failure.

Doodleit Picture sinks its roots into this ground. The work is carried out in two distinct phases: an instinctive doing and a structured reasoning.

The first phase consists of material that does not physically take part in the work. It is the essential promoter of the same. This begins with the necessary scribbling of stories and images about failure. Newspapers, magazines, books. Various event, narrations, local news, and events of global interest. A sort of varied catalog of human failures. Everything is scribbled with random marks. Doodles that start around the text and images, then move on it, prevent their readability. An erasing. A gesture that seems to be an unconscious attempt to remove it. To exorcise the sense of frustration due to the experience of lived failure. This action is repeated until the desire to recreate it aesthetically emerges.

The second phase consists of defining the work. That is, the development of an authored text template with integrated symbolic illustrations, representing the phases of the story. As well as an elaborate gestural design that goes beyond a random scribble. Finally, the integration of the two elements.

The text follows guidelines which emphasize irrational and tragic aspects related to failure. 

The summary texts of Doodleit Picture then follow the fixed pattern below:

- the stories all begin with the affirmation of a fundamental aim. A vital need. Immutable: “I/We need to breathe deeply"; they always end with the same assertion of failure: “My/Our breath breaks”.

- the incipit is followed by the descriptions of the actions for achieving the stated objective.

- the yarns flows linearly, but then they suddenly turn into an unexpected, disturbing, and surreal dimension.

- the epilogue is marked by unimaginable complications that make what is happening incomprehensible. They are enigmatic facts and opposing forces generated by the different characters on stage, or even by the protagonists themselves, which determine the dramatic outcome of the short stories.

The gestural design, from the scribbled doodle in the first phase, becomes an articulated gestural grid. Vibrant point and line connections form the dynamic tension ribbing. The dense graphic plot now branches off camouflaging text and images, rather than to erase them.

In Doodleit Picture the text with the images and gestural design are physically arranged on two levels. The former on a canvas, the latter on tablets of plexiglass superimposed on the canvas to form a chessboard. Their integration takes place thanks to calibrated graphic processing. This allows to read, after careful observation of the dense plot of the gestural design, the text and illustrations located beneath it.

Such a graphic solution suggests another way, eluding the anguished and helpless one portrayed by the scribbled stories of failure. Namely, the liberating properties of overcoming the experience of failure and the sense of affliction through the practice of "reading through". Not being overwhelmed by a chaos of marks that cancel. Not then remove the experience of failure as in the material creating the first phase of the work. Rather, an exercise of the mind to read through that chaos to clearly grasp the uncomfortable buried experiences. It is a question of recognizing and assimilating failure in its reality. Then rework the failure experience to build something else. 

The fruition of a work of art is an experience that, when cultivated and intimately held, enriches ordinary life. Similarly, the practice of "reading through" is an experience that, in addition to its symbolic value, offers useful elements for reflection on one layer of reality. It can lift up failing spirits. To once again go back to breathing deeply.