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Art Exhibit, July 2013: “Devo Farlo Per Le Mie Ossa”
Paintings by Delfina Piretti

Mojave Series II
July 1 - 31, 2013
In the City Center Art Lounge
300 Page Street
San Francisco

Reception: Friday, July 12, 7 - 9 pm
Artist's Statement

In Italian they have a saying: “Devo farlo per le mie ossa.“ The translation is: “I need to make it for my bones,” or “I need to do it for my strength.”

In my meditation practice I take refuge in the Buddha, dharma, sangha and (I confess) art. Art making is a place of refuge for me. I feel alive and at home when I am in the creative process. My work is more about the process than the content. The content is something I have little control over, like something I stumble upon.

I love the simple physical act of making marks, like painting on the cave wall. It is a journey where at best, the painting starts leading the painter. The process is edgy, often uncomfortable but somehow satisfying and like a dream that is affirming.

I think my art is strange looking and beautiful in a soulful way.

Delfina Piretti is a visual artist and body/mind psychotherapist with a studio in San Francisco. She teaches expressive arts therapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Piretti’s studio work incorporates painting, mixed media works, installation, live events and public art. Her art practice relates directly to her work as an expressive arts therapist, her interest in shamanism, Zen Buddhism and her Italian cultural roots.