Caroline Dare: Utopia exists in a feeling and it’s always fleeting, like the wind.

where is utopia?

Utopia exists in a feeling and it’s always fleeting, like the wind.

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

Creatively, I’m turned on by anything that provokes strong feelings. I’m highly sensitive so my influences vary greatly at any given moment, but I can only create truthfully when I’m full of emotion — good or bad, it doesn’t matter. Most of the time my creative influences come from the good and bad in music, art, nature, films, colors, patterns, my environment, and my relationships.

I feel most spiritual when I am connected to my environment, my mind and my body.

Emotionally, I’m turned on by kindness and anything that challenges me to grow. I hope to never be too much of the same person, I want to constantly evolve to a better mental and emotional state.

What turns you off?

Donald Trump + his mates
climate change
political corruption
the meat/dairy industries
close minded-ness
whispers in my ear
loud chewing
misjudgments
love that is lost
broken-ness
unspoken-ness
anything left unfinished
energy without focus
violence

How much do the myths of history impact on the lives of the present?

Isn’t half of our history based on myths? Humans were bred on mysticism. There is no doubt in my mind that myths have impacted every aspect of our society today.

What is utopia made of?

Utopia is made of love and connectedness. It’s made of cyan-yellows and magenta-pinks and tangy-blues. Utopia feels like the sweetest of kisses… it tastes like bliss and brings warmth like a sunset that never sets. It’s infectious and delicious and perhaps also made of Florence Welch.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

This is a very difficult question to answer. A life with no connection or art would feel to me, like the lowest misery.

What is your idea of earthly utopia human?

A human who radiates forgiveness, kindness and love…despite it all.

To what faults do you feel most indulgent?

I am fault to many indulgences… mainly tahini and dark chocolate and preferably together.

What is your favorite virtue?

Interesting question… Love would be my favorite virtue. I firmly believe that love can heal most things. I ache for humanity to feel the love that I feel on a daily basis. I mostly just want to give it all away. Without love we are incapable of feeling connected to those around us, and without understanding the suffering that surrounds us… well, I’m unsure if we can change for the better.

What is your utopian action?

To me, everything I create feels like a little utopia of its own…so, perhaps that is my utopian action.  I also often find myself creating utopias in my own life on a daily basis, maybe this practice is some form of escapism from reality but don’t we all do this in some way or another? It is quite easy to get lost in your daydreams when you spend so much time alone.

Although, the cruelties of humanity do not go unnoticed in my creations and are actually a key motivator in most of my work. I am constantly reminded of the cruelties that humanity creates and faces daily. I worry deeply for the future as we currently face the climate crisis. Maybe my desire to create utopian/angelic scenes comes from a place that is full to the brim with eco-anxiety… perhaps this is my escapism from those fears? Who knows, interesting thoughts. But I’m not always living in my day dreams, I do act every day to help create a utopia for the planet… I suppose my greatest utopian action is my daily desire and hard work towards lessening my impact on the planet and our environment. I have developed a deep, deep love for nature and life in general and I ache for the rest of humanity to develop this kind of relationship with living. I think the world could have some sort of utopian of its own if we could educate everyone… and learn how to live in balance, with connection to our planet and its inhabitants.

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Enri Mato

Enri Mato is an architect and photographer born in 1986 in an artist family. His father was a sculptor and his mother was a restorative, who worked in the Louvre Museum. He grew up in Tirana, Albania where he discovered his interest in photography and art at an early age. In 2005 Enri moved to Paris to study Photography and Architecture. He later pursued masters dergree in Urban Design between Geneva and Tirana. He graduated with a research project called Remembrance. Through his thriving business Enri had the opportunity to travel the world to share his vision and experiences with an international audience.

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