It’s hard to believe in eternity in a world where everything changes, day by day, second by second. It’s hard to think about a parallel universe, an infinity, that has forever glowing stars and that it’s ruled by Gods and Venuses. But if you close your eyes, even just for one second, and you believe strong enough, you can enter the world where all your words, feeling and memories are written on the walls after you have forgotten them in real life; a place where your ideas become bulletproof, your colors vivid, your soul shapeless; a place where time is just an element hidden in the background of a painting. It’s not hard to enter my infinity if you’re a dreamer or if you have the heart of an artist.
In real life, things are a little bit different. The only things that have gained the attribute “eternal” over the years are mythology, religion, and love. During the time, several ideas and concepts have been resumed, for example, in Venus of Urbino (1538) by Titian and Luncheon on the Grass (1862-1863) by Édouard Manet, is represented a nude woman, identified with the goddess Venus. Even though it’s the illustration of the same woman, the vision of the two artists is very different, by the context they have placed her in, in which you can see the reflection of the different times the painters have lived in. Also, the story of Narcissus, told by Ovid in his Metamorphoses (a handsome youth who falls in love with his own reflection) has represented inspiration for artists over the years, for example for Salvador Dali (Metamorphosis of Narcissus-1937), and for Caravaggio (Narcissus 1597-1599). This is proof that mythology is one of the fundaments of arts; a collection of various myths, different from place to place, that have inspired thousands of people, to some even being the fundament of their lives.
What about religion? Every person has faith in their souls. People need to believe in something that is more powerful than they are; someone to guide their steps along the way; someone to hear their prayers. They wrote about it; painted and sculpted it, in every possible way, even without knowing the truth about that superior force. They believed that after they died, that force would greet them and lead them to eternity.
But the most powerful force is love. It has been always there, since the beginning of time, from Adam and Eve, Romeo and Juliet, to those two strangers who take the same red bus every day, just the way you do. This force has the power to change all your thought; your blue soul into something red. The same love has been transmitted over generations, reflected in the stories, again and again. One example of this reincarnated love is a book by a Romanian writer, Liviu Rebreanu. The book it is called “Adam and Eve” and it talks about transmigration of 2 souls who find each other in 7 different historical times because it is said that you have to live 7 lives until you reach the deepest love.
I believe everyone is born for a reason. We are a part of eternity by the fact that we have cells, atoms and parts of the universe in our body. Our concepts, feeling, ideas, and beliefs are stronger than we think. The power of immortality lies in your brush, in your pan, or in any instrument that helps you put those special parts in art. Share them with the world, because art comes from a different place, where the sun is mixed with the sea and where there’s no spotless mind.