“My will and my desire were turned by love, the love that moves the sun and the other stars.” –Jace Wayland, City of Bones (2013)
“‘The love that moves the sun and the other stars’ has called you into being. This love has willed that you exist. You and I are priceless. You and I are precious. You and I are irreplaceable. If are looking for affirmation, look no further. If you are looking for acceptance, look no further. If you are looking for purpose, look no further. It may seem like in the grand scheme of things you’re insignificant, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
“When you love someone, it’s as if they’re the only one you see. You just can’t get your mind off them. In an even deeper way, God the Father loves you without exception, and without condition. How beautiful it is to be loved by love! How beautiful it is to share this love. Let’s change the world!” –Dominic, “The Culture Project,” Facebook, October 27, 2018
“My works are earthly, starting with Junkyard Symphony, an approach related to the exterior, ground and waste. The space is increasingly populated by ordinary or current objects, but also by characters, I am trying to maintain a playful manner through representation and recomposition. It passes into another register, the interior, the desires, the lust. but keeping the same horizontal plane. So this is how the personal mythologies were born, with sincerity, boredom, suffering, desires, or guilty pleasures. Beginning with Toxic Desire, I’m more interested in distinguishing my subjectivity and individual development. All the works were shaped around personal experiences. From the representations of the bad choices we make through our superficiality and a hedonistic living, to the assumption of this flat existence. We are captive in a sort of limbo of desires. And on this realm I build my works, as a sequential reinterpretation of Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights.” –Edith Torony, “Love that Moves the Sun and Other Stars”, Saatchi Art, 2019
“The word desire comes from the Latin desiderare: ‘to long for,’ but the Latin desiderare comes from de sidere: ‘from the stars.’ From the stars.
“I find this extraordinary: to think that somehow our desire, our longing, is connected to the very stars in the sky. The stars, which share their light with us across such impossible distances of time and space. The poets might say our desire is a gift from the stars and is ultimately for them and the beauty and mystery and the creative fire and energy of which they are for us a sign.
“I’m reminded of the very last line of Dante’s Divine Comedy — Dante, the great medieval poet guided by his love for a human woman, Beatrice. In his imagination, his love and his longing for her lead him on a great journey all the way to Paradise and to a final vision of the love which moves and connects all things: l’amor che move il sole e le altre stelle… ‘the love that moves the sun and the other stars.’
“This love that moves the sun and the stars is with you too, body and spirit, and with everything and everyone. If we can live out of that, the rest will take care of itself.” –Laura Horton-Ludwig, “Our Desire is a Gift From the Stars,” Unitarian Universalist Association
“‘L’amor che muove il sole e l’altre stelle.’ (The love that moves the sun and the other stars.) from Paradiso by Dante Alighiere [sic], 1265-1321. Image motif inspired by a card design by Robbin Rawlings. Drawing by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.”
–Meredith Eliassen, “Dante… on Love,” MME Designs’s Weblog, February 11, 2016
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Coggeshall, Elizabeth, and Arielle Saiber, eds. Dante Today: Citings and Sightings of Dante’s Works in Contemporary Culture. Website. Access date.