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My Ritual: Csongvay Blackwood

Rituals inspire and motivate us, they bond us and help us form community. The objects within Modern Rituals: The Art of Living have been inspired by rituals big and small; some are deeply personal while others are subtle actions incorporated into daily life.

Here, we speak to Csongvay Blackwood about their Aeon vase – created exclusively for Modern Rituals – as well as a ritual they practice and the meaning it holds.

Csongvay Blackwood's Aeon vase was created in collaboration with Modern Times, exclusively for Modern Rituals: The Art of Living.

Csongvay Blackwood is the combined creative expression of Csilla Csongvay and Matt Blackwood. Their artworks, which are all designed and made in their Melbourne studio, balance form with function to create pieces that reference the Brutalist architecture of Csilla’s childhood in Romania and Matt’s love of mid-century modern.

“Rituals define who we are, where we come from, and where we’re headed. The Aeon Vase is a symbol of the time that rituals have influenced our beliefs and behaviour in a sculptural form that is one part ancient and two parts modern,” Csilla and Matt explain.

"The Aeon Vase is a symbol of the time that rituals have influenced our beliefs and behaviour," explain Csilla and Matt.
The way Csilla and I connect on a daily basis is to disconnect from the glow of a phone or television, and simply sit in the same room and read.”
— Matt Blackwood

“Our daily ritual involves being still and screenless. Csilla and I love to read every day, and like most people, we are inundated with alerts, articles, likes and yesterday’s deadlines, so the way Csilla and I connect on a daily basis is to disconnect from the glow of a phone or television, and simply sit in the same room and read. And when we read we turn pages. Pages attached to analogue spines. Analogue spines attached to creased covers.

“This disconnect from the digital may seem minor, but for us this ritual is significant; it causes us to slow down and absorb information slower and deeper, and has even led to the liberation of our fireplace from being some dusty bricks behind a television that we passively stared at each night, to us packing away the TV and now having a fireplace doing what it does best.

“This ritual took practice before it became a habit, but like most habits; we now can’t imagine living any other way,” Matt Blackwood.

Modern Rituals: The Art of Living is inspired by the rituals we practice and the meaning the hold.

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