Twombly’s reign

An entire philosophy behind a gesture

Alberto Ballocca
2 min readJul 27, 2022


‘Twombly’s reign’, is the deepening of one of the artistic philosophies that most inspired and inspire me.

To my mind, one does not put oneself in place of the past; one only adds a new link.
— C.Y. Twombly

Twombly associated the importance of handwriting with the gesture during writing and not with the ended writing.

This concretely means that it is not possible to deduce the personality nor moods of the writer without being present during the moment of the act of writing.

Our brain is similar to a word, too distant from the feelings that make us pronounce them, but Art practices allow us to getting nearer to the initial source.

Behind all of this, there is one’s ego, which ego principal and commonly-used-meaning is no longer available, a moment later.

‘Being inspired by C.Y. Twombly philosophy allowed me to see deeper while I’m creating something new, and when I say NEW i mean that, all the ideas of ‘visiting the past’ become suddently a huge bag of illusionary egoic projections and the painting starts to shine!’

What has been said of the hand in relation to the stroke(gesture), We say of thought in relation to words: thoughts are extremely more powerful than words that can express them.

Art (creativity) allows dimensions of gestures, thoughts and words to bind together within a composition, a statue or a drawing.

Everything is always new.

Terrain is always unknown.

It’s like running through a minefield without counting steps.

Going into a fog always feeling the right path to follow.

Cy_twombly “lycian_drawing” — PRIVATE AMERICAN COLLECTOR —

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Alberto Ballocca

Contemporary artist based in Italy | Ancient & archaic cultures passionate / Articles in here expose my creative horizons 🔗

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