The aim of this paper is to display how a form of art, poetry, can be used to grasp symbols and meanings of another form of art, painting, in this case, surrealist painting. The latter, moreover, revealing elements coming largely from the unconscious of artists, is easily tunable to another ostensibly “external” unconscious, the poet’s. The connection is possible as the two unconscious are not separated but rather belonging to the same collective unconscious, that of art in fact. It is a surrealist experience in which the poetic inspiration enters into symbiosis with the core of the paintings – or with their “ghost”, in De Chirico’s words. This exercise is surrealist because it dismisses the use of the conscious both in the inspiration phase and in the elaboration phase, moreover it is a Jungian exercise as it establishes a subtle contact with the art archetypes within the space of the collective unconscious.
Giuliodori is an Italian lecturer, researcher, and writer, currently teaching at Rudn University, Moscow. After completing his Ph.D. in Philosophy (dissertation on Pavel Florenskij), he moved to Russia where he has been teaching for eight years.
His main fields of teaching and research are Italian Studies, Contemporary Surrealism, and Perennial Philosophy. He has published a number of academic papers on those topics and have spoken about them at numerous international conferences. For further and updated details you can see his Academia.edu page.
Giuliodori has also written various books of poetry inspired by contemporary surrealist paintings, several of these collections have been awarded literary prizes. Here’s his website: wwww.luciogiuliodori.net.