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“Caterpillar” is a personal journey into my own soul, disrupted by life-events, that tries to reborn as a new form of life. It represents the sense of disappearing in a world in which I sensed I didn’t belong anymore and the urge to use photography as a form of art-therapy to heal my emotional wounds.

Starting from this sense of isolation and challenging mental state, it depicts a self-transformation and the mutation of the surrounding word through photographic creation that becomes means and emblem.
Starting each time from a symbolic image, transfiguring, painting, manipulating, destroying and recomposing it, concepts like space, time and depiction are redefined.

Supporting photographs with a cryptic text, structurally inspired by Japanese Haiku poetry, those emotions generated by those transformations are exalted.
Little by little, words become less and less unclear and readable until they verge into the creation of a brand new language, so that the portrayed self-identity and environment are annulled, until they disappear.

Subject has been transformed in a new creature and the same transformation has been applied to the surrounding world that becomes a completely different: a physical, surreal, emotional and symbolic place in which I can feel being part of something again.

It’s a life cycle in which the caterpillar becomes chrysalis and butterfly: the old-self stop existing to give space to a new creature.


The project has been created during the Art Residency “Human: The Lab 2019/2020” at Yougurt Magazine, Rome, Italy, for a potential publication.


©Dayana Sharon Marconi 2019/2020. Copyright for this photo gallery belongs solely to Dayana Sharon Marconi. All materials may not be used or downloaded without her permission.


Created in: Rome/Asti/Turin, Italy.