The last thing you would ever want to hear from this artist is, “I paint what I see.” Because at that point you’d either want to increase said artist’s supply of the tiny blue pills, or perhaps cut them off from said tiny blue pills. Either way, we’re looking at a mandatory change in their tiny blue pill routine.
This is actually an allegory of the defeat of Sauron at the hands of the company of the Ring, represented by a giant chicken foot, and the hobbit Frodo, here depicted as a tiny legless cat with huge, dark eyebrows. The watermelon seed motif is actually from Tolkein’s earlier notes on the “Ring” saga, originally entitled “Lord of the Watermelon Seeds.” True story. All of this was of course written on the back of the canvas, but since no-one can truly know the mind of an artistâ€”least of all the artistâ€”I’m pretty sure it really represents the War of the Roses, or possibly repressed homosexuality, the former of which is just about 90% of all artwork’s true meaning and the second is another 3-6% (unless you read Kinsey, then it’s 10%).
I’m dancing with watermelon seeds! Whee!
Quibbling aside, I love how much raw happiness is expressed here in just a few brush strokes. At least I think it’s happiness. There’s the smallest chance he’s trying to escape the horrible blue blob behind him. That also makes sense.
Artist? Robot? Robot artist? A mocking portrayal of the modern media culture? Humanity betrayed by the increased industrialization of society? Weltschmerz? You make the call.
The strangely lionlike countenance of this person is at once frightening and alluring. Definately someone to keep away from small, beloved animals. She’s like a banshee from a Quentin Blake/Roald Dahl novel. With little blue people dancing on her hair.
Gaze upon her, but do not love her, for her eyes are on fire and you will burn your cheeks and eyelashes on her.
Goodwill on South Lamar near Manchacha, Austin
2 Responses to “Sometimes art is scary.”
I think I’ll paint that on all of my mirrors. I guess the men’s room would have to say Very Handsome.
Heh. I should have picked that one up for you!