In the Beginning | A Fixed Point
It's an age-old human impulse to look up at the sky and search for our place in the cosmos. In "Celestial Data for Daydreaming", Chati Coronel applies her passion for the timeless study of the stars to a vigorous rumination on modern existence. Each piece in this series pertains to one of the seven planets of classical Greek astrology, the heavenly bodies which represented the gods and whose patterns of movement were believed to influence human affairs. As Coronel puts it, she is "bridging the gap between the ancient myths and affirmation of human capacity to create a future." In Saturn, named for the god of social order, embracing figures reflect the interdependent duality needed for balance and cosmic justice. While Venus – with her earthy corpulence and ethereal fragility – emanates the sacred integrity of universal love. Apollo, the most powerful of all deities, is depicted as the Sun, the centre of the cosmos and the source of life. This was the only planned piece in the series, created to coincide with Christmas. The Season of Light. Apollo is Coronel's profound response to living during a pandemic – as she puts it, while in darkness dwelling, create the sun. Ultimately, the sacred luminaries depicted offer a treatise on time, as they chart the inexorable movement of light across the heavens.
Words by Marga Ortigas
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