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      Foreword

I must confess that, at a certain point, I was tempted after all not to place puns as clues to the titles to my works.
You may remember what Emily Dickinson once aptly observed:

The riddle we can guess

we speedily despise -

not anything is stale so long

as yesterday’s surprise -

I discovered that most people, over time, formulate their own, personal hidden meanings and titles for these images  
and representations so that the ironic or facetious pun applicable to a single work has at times, even more than once,  
radically changed over the years.

I also felt that one of my artistic heroes, René Magritte, was occasionally being “too clever by half ”in thinking up  
puzzling titles to his paintings so as to enhance a sense of mystery in human existence.

I therefore opted for leaving the pertinent humorous titles in place, hoping at the same time to have left some of the 
mystery and philosophical implications intact.

I sincerely trust you will agree with this decision and interpret it as an invitation towards further humorous  
and free association of ideas and images. Work in progress !

 

                                                                                                         Lorenzo Scaretti

N.B.
The people who like and appreciate thes images and objets d’art - and they are quite a few - fall into two broad  
categories: one group would like me to explain more and think up even weirder and more absurd alternative titles, 
while the other would 
prefer I explain less. Paradoxically, I think they are both right.