Relationship power-games

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Relationship power-games — Introspective art for self-improvement

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Relationship power-games can make life awful. How do we get out?

To get out, we have to understand the dynamics, but most people don’t even realize they are playing a power game. How do we realize that we are playing a dangerous game? Looking at introspective paintings can help in this and in other difficult situations. They can be useful tools for self-improvement.

Many ancient paintings had a deeper, secret meaning.

Even world-famous paintings, such as Da Vinci’s Last Supper, are full of symbolism. But we are losing the keys to understanding these symbols. Well, I like Renaissance paintings and their symbolism. So, I often paint what I call introspective paintings. Introspective means that there is a deeper meaning, something useful for self-improvement.

Self-improvement means trying to achieve a higher self-awareness and understanding more and more of what we are doing.

The following introspective paintings will show relationship power-games.

People play these games without realizing it and very often mistake them for true love.

A picture is easier to remember than an explanation. It can alert us to danger. This is true of introspective paintings that depict a power game.

Relationship power-games in the triptych "Appetites" (re-interpretation): acrylic on canvas by Aurora Mazzoldi.
Triptych “Appetites” (re-interpretation): acrylic on canvas. Aurora Mazzoldi.

Driven by Unawareness

This acrylic painting shows a man (on the right) dancing carelessly, lured by the scent of a partner. He behaves like a butterfly that, attracted by a splendid flower, overlooks the spider’s web. He doesn’t follow his instinct, but his desire.

Besides, he is so caught up in his hunting adventure! When he gets caught and sees the spider, he is astonished by it. Then he is so irresponsible that he continues to dance even though he is caught in the spider’s web. In this way, he becomes more and more entangled.

Driven by Unawareness. from the triptych "Appetites of Aurora Mazzoldi.
Aurora Mazzoldi — Appetites — Driven by Unawareness


She pours all her fascination into the spider’s web and waits. Even if her actions are subtle, the instincts that drive her are brutal. She feels safe because she doesn’t weave for pleasure, but for purpose, and that purpose will bring her prey to her. The more seductive the game, the more evil the trap. And the trap touches certain chords…

The Weaver. From Aurora Mazzoldi's "Appetites" triptych.
Aurora Mazzoldi — Appetites —- The Weaver

A Game between Forces

The veil has fallen. It’s time to step out of the shadows. The game of forces is in progress. The cards are now on the table and the battle begins! In many cases, love lasts only until marriage. Then, in the married couple, it all becomes a problem of balance. When it is a matter of power, it drains energy and, with energy, possibilities for self-improvement.

Emotions that attract us, and to which we respond, travel along the threads of the telepathic spider web. This web acts as a trap, but it connects us all.

"Game of Forces" from the triptych "Appetites" by Aurora Mazzoldi.
Aurora Mazzoldi — Game of Forces

Which animal will the hunter catch when he has set the trap?

  • Which animal will follow the hunter’s scent?
  • Is there an animal that will follow its instinct and avoid the danger?

To ignore our instincts and follow our desires is to ignore reality. This can put us in danger (as the acrylic triptych shows). Sometimes, we act like children. Trying to catch the moon, we lean too far over the balcony. We give up happiness and self-improvement because we think we have a right to them. We feel victimized by every situation.

We seek happiness in difficult circumstances. We give in to temptations and promises; we fight and try to bind others to us, and we are surprised when everything finally slips away.

If we get upset when we look at these introspective paintings, it means we would rather not look at ourselves in the mirror. Self-improvement is a difficult task; only by noticing the threads, we master the spider web.

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Aurora Mazzoldi