I Cried Days/Nights (24”x36”), an acrylic painting on wood by Mauro Carichini, was inspired by a song containing these words:
“'Cause I’ve cried days, I’ve cried nights
For the lord just to send me home some sign
Is he near? Is he far? Bring peace to my black and empty heart”
The piece, one of several in collection of paintings inspired by song lyrics, was inspired by PJ Harvey’s song “The Dancer,” from her 1995 album To Bring You My Love.
“The Dancer” is darkly cool, bruising, and raw – a punker’s lament. PJ Harvey’s voice, with its bluesy emotion and piercing cry-riff, deepen the already fraught lyrics. Like a tragic yet resilient soliloquy, her voice triumphs over the creeping score that constitutes its atmospheric sonic landscape.
“It’s a dark, dramatic song that talks about desire, and I wanted to give my own visual interpretation of it,” says Carichini.
The dark figure – doubled in the diptych and clad in the lyric – evokes Harvey’s irrepressible voice amid its stark backdrop.
Carichini’s studio space in the Lower East Side
In Carichini’s creative space, a shared space on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, a speaker system has its own perch amid the shelves of paints. His value system and inspiration source is coded into the shelving unit.
As if the unassuming black speaker-box, much like the austere cans of paint in its neighboring cubby, has its own artistic potential energy.
Carichini has a background in graphic design; so, he is fascinated by the informing interplay between text and image.
More work by Carichini on display
“The result in this case is figurative, but in other pieces of the same collection it can be completely abstract. In both cases, the viewer is left with plenty of room for contemplation.”
Along with the relationship between word and image, Mauro Carichini is musically inspired.
“It’s easier for me to think of musical more than visual references,” he says.