The Magician
ink drawing
12 x 17 cm, framed

Chiara Dalla Costa

In the heart of Berlin’s dynamic art scene emerges Chiara Dalla Costa, an Italian architect-turned-artist whose ink-on-paper series “Tiny Mystic Tarot” captures the essence of the metaphysical. “The Magician,” a piece from this series, encapsulates her journey into the mystical realms through a monochromatic palette, grounding her work in the tangibility of the material world while exploring ethereal themes.

Chiara Dalla Costa’s odyssey began amidst the solitude of a pandemic, venturing into occultism, astrology, and art therapy, intertwined with practices of breathwork and meditation. Influenced profoundly by pivotal literary works, she embraced the creative source within, allowing her art to evolve into various forms, each resonating with her newfound spiritual insights.

Her creations, such as “The Magician,” represent guides and mentors, evoking a sense of the ancient divination tools and shamanic protectors. This piece, meticulously framed to enhance its mystical aura, stands as a testament to her belief in art’s power to invoke the divine feminine and to confront the shadows within us.

Chiara Dalla Costa’s work, especially evident in the detailed symbolism of “The Magician,” is a bridge to the subconscious, urging the viewer to reflect on the unseen forces that shape our existence. Her contribution to the Salon de Refusées is not merely artistic; it is a metaphysical exploration, offering a sanctuary where fears are acknowledged and transformed into powerful allies.



As I say this word out loud I try to focus on how it feels in my body.

At the moment it is like a cold void within my stomach.

In the society where we live Rejection is usually regarded as something ‘bad’ and it comes together with so many hidden layers and triggers.
Rejection could be perceived as something that defines us, our self worth or our personal value.

Staying true to our core after a ‘No’ is a lifelong exercise as things most of the time don’t go as we expect.
Being an Artist and facing Rejections is a constant life training. Our Art is an extension of who we are and we are putting it out there well aware that this could mean also being hurt. I think that behind any Art piece there is first of all a great courage and a wonderful act of vulnerability from its Creator.

Personally I am seeing Rejections as ways to redirect my energies somewhere else. I am taking it as an opportunity to learn while having always at the bottom of my heart the certainty that the Universe has something better in store for me.

Also, most of the time, out of a Rejection comes up a different perspective on the matter, something beautiful, another chance or new Saloon de Refusee! I think that this is a wonderful way to give the space for everyone to be seen. It is a chance to even celebrate together the act of Rejection as a natural stage in our lives and in the best cases even heal that wound which has its origins very very long ago.

Art exhibitions are a wonderful opportunity to connect, exchange, being inspired and constantly amused by the incredible creations that Artists bring to this world!

— Chiara Dalla Costa


The "Salon de Refusées" is an art initiative inspired by the historic 1863 Paris exhibition. It's a platform celebrating female (read) artists who've faced rejection, turning exclusion into empowerment. Our project is dedicated to showcasing art in its most authentic form, creating a space where diverse voices and stories are seen and revered. Join us in this artistic uprising, where each piece adds to our resilience and the unyielding spirit of creativity.