The literary tradition of the medieval chivalric epic “Chanson de Geste”, and later in its more popular form, narrates that all lost items, or rather items that have “gone astray”, end up on the moon.
The moon is the place where dreams or tears, love or reason, days of idleness or unfinished deeds, are kept in precious glass ampoules. Bottles quite similar to those that today contain Tiziana Terenzi’s precious essences. By opening them and breathing in their content, a ritual that is repeated when “tasting” perfumes, we become owners of the object lost.
When wearing one of these perfume extracts, we feel wonder, because this collection embodies the essence of “re-discovery”, of recognising the dearest things what we thought or did not know that we had forgotten. Wearing these fragrances is an epic journey to the moon in search of our precious lost object.
“The chariot, towering, threads the fiery sphere,/And rises thence into the lunar reign.” Thus begins the XXXIV canto of Orlando Furioso, in which the protagonist, the Knight Astolfo, is sent to the moon on a special mission: to recover Orlando’s wits, which he has lost because of love.
Astolfo, Orlando’s faithful companion who wants to return the Knight to his senses, goes to the moon on the back of a hippogriff, the incredible, magical, winged horse. Having reached his destination, Astolfo can see everything that has been collected: a rich and varied sample of things lost on earth. There are not only the riches and glories of ancient kingdoms; there are also the tears and sighs of lovers, the time lost by men and their projects that they never completed.
Tiziana Terenzi wanted to retrieve her “lost object” on the Moon, by completing that unfinished task that she has been working on for years.An artistic project that combines her golden poetic extraction with the verbalisation of scents that explore cosmic boundaries.