a multi-disciplinary dialog
Posted by Angela Ferreira on October 13th, 2008
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 100×60 cm
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I feel the solitude but not the sorrow. For me, solitude has some appeal at this very moment.
This painting is very powerful in its simplicity. I do get a strong feeling of sorrow due to some deep wound (the red speaking?) The monument, of course, illuminated by a distant moon, seems to signify a death. I’m not sure what the red square is, but the odd angles and straight lines of square and monument really clash with the rounded, organic hills (I love the light on the near one!) Along with the deep shadows, that gives a sense of the surreal, which would seem to fit with the psychological dislocation of a death of someone dear.
This is a return to your more allegorical/symbolical approach, but it feels much more three-dimensional–those sculptural hills–and I think it’s the first of yours I’ve seen without people (except for the bug mural). Maybe there’s nobody left to mourn, or maybe each viewer is a mourner.
This painting projects a strong feeling. The tower is very much a person, who is intertwined in some way with the moon figure riding in the sky. The tower/person appears to be brightly lit by the distant moon out of any proportion to its inherent luminosity. – as though the tower’s brightness is a kind of calling outward. The angular shapes of the tower stand in opposition to the rounded landscape, but structure and hills are brought together by the empathetic relationship between the tower and the moon crescent.
There is something very personal and very resolved in this work. I have been a little confused by some of your symbolic images in the past, with their many elements, but this is the very essence of effective economy.
Was your return to this style prompted by a particular event? Do you think you will be painting more like this?
Yes Steve, now that not longer require to please any teachers academically with my paintings I shall return to my biggest passion, painting freely from my inner visions. By the way your first interpretation couldn’t be more accurate…
Yes Birgit, now these days, one can never have enough solitude!
Jay yes in this particular painting emptiness is the key, after a loss… the moon is decrescent by the way for the same reason, the days are being counted towards a very resolved end!
The rounded hills in your background remind me of Steve’s rounded rocks in the next post (I’m reading posts wrong way to these days). I have always loved those shapes. And next to the phallic pillar or tower, with that emblematic crescent moon — this feels like the end of a love affair — or a yearning for the unreachable, albeit a very close yet distant object of desire. Or is the yearning for the moon, while ignoring the sensual hills right there?
AT any rate, I find this a very sensual piece, and the title is part of the effect. I’m glad you are going back to your passion again.