Angelo Musco’s ongoing story, told in images inspired by nature and the human body, follows the feathers of Aves and the vibrant red butterflies of Chrysalis and like the descending feathers and butterflies the narrative settles in a suspended and peaceful garden entitled "Aaru".
Several photo shoots and 18 months of production have gone into the series comprised of ten dramatic singular flowers like a lily, a rose, a chrysanthemum, a tulip and culminates in a lush title piece of a garden festooning into the viewers imagination with texture, and life.
The meaning of the word Aaru comes from Egyptian mythology and represents an eternal paradise, a lush oasis for eternity. The ancient Egyptians believed they had a dangerous journey through the underworld to the Hall of Final Judgment where the “Weighing of the Heart” was executed before they could continue onto Aaru. At the final judgment the Goddess Maat who represented order and ethics presided over a giant scale where the person’s heart was weighted against her feather, a symbol of truth and justice.The belief was the the soul and the culmination of how a person lived their life resided in the heart. If the heart was heavy from an evil life it would tilt the scale and the person could not proceed to Aaru, and for those with hearts light as a feather, they continued onto a heavenly paradise to resume their happy lives.
Finding the lush garden Aaru is a natural continuation of the artist’s story, and sets the tone for a multitude of new stories to be discovered from this magical garden.