SUNRISE began on the eve of the second lockdown in Italy. From a desire to escape a daily routine and find my own stimulus, not from without but from within, I sought to perceive a world anew.
The day was born differently with each sitting.
The ritual, getting up before dawn to honor life, was tiring, but it also awakened in me a new curiosity. I put question marks where, until that moment, there were only statements.
After a year in the absence of social life, I rediscovered the power of imagination. Scholars believe that the first cave paintings were a tool to facilitate the hunt, for people to imagine and realize pathways to success.
Every change, every challenge, begins by imagining how it may pass, how a new day may dawn.
Daniela Astone, Florence, 2021
Astone arose on the morning of her birthday, October 8th, to paint the sunrise -- an attempt to feel rejuvenated and present to welcome a new year. She continued to paint the sunrise every day thereafter completing 365 paintings. This brilliant endeavor reminds us to seize each day from the beginning, and to embrace the most serene moments, even during times of disquiet.
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