Stabat Mater 

Daisy Mottier Beltrami is not only a visible example of a woman's pain; she is a voice, a gesture, a representation of that emotion by its deepest means, like the contemplation of an immense universe where time is vast and infinite.  With and through her, we are in the presence of this suffering's deepest expression.  Her paintings expose an array of sentiments and an attitude which transcend, through a certain serenity, the reality of an otherwise impenetrable grief.

This attitude we can call a state of grace...a grace close to fatalism, perhaps, like the sign of an unconscious faith.

After the visit from the angel of the Annunciation, Mary understood very well that the baby she was to bear would bring her, in equal parts, a promise of eternity and of pain.  Have we ever seen an image of the Virgin really relaxed?  In her face we will more likely find a grave serenity, a sort of indifference, as though for her the idea of imminent death was no mystery but in fact a state of grace.

Daisy Mottier Beltrami has discovered what is this connection between love and death.  After her experience and in the depths of her soul she knows the path to follow.  Perhaps unconsciously, in her comings and goings between the two worlds she has been looking to create a personal equilibrium and to voluntarily give equal value to both...In any case this is what she expresses in the path of her existence and especially through her painting.

The emotion that emanates from her paintings is created by the extreme tension and fatigue that surpasses the evident pain, in order to open a space between the sacrifice and the grieving. 

The expression of this grace...Where could we find it elsewhere?                        

Luis Lanari                                                                                                                Back...

Painter and graphist

oct. 2008