One of the greatest psychological pains in human life is of heartbreak, heartache and rejection; it drives us into madness, depression, and inward or external aggression. Whether a love has failed, dissipated, or never been requited, the sufferer is caught in a state of unrelenting and transformative pain. Valentina is the wide-eyed lover and patron saint of unrequited love; she transforms her suffering into the beauty that surrounds her.
"Let the smoldering ashes of your heart rekindle your genius. And you will after smile at your sorrow, your muse will smooth away all care. True greatness comes through love, yet more through tears." - Jacques Offenbach