89,1cm x 42,0cm
“All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.”
– Edgar Allan Poe (1849)
I suppose the man is the Nightwalker you’ve previously represented, although if I’m right it was here the first time his face was outlined, while it was previously shown just as a bright light. As he bears the areola, I suppose he’s the daimon the title is evoking.
As I don’t feel you usually consider the religious aspect, I think i can rule out the aspect of the daimon as an intermediary between gods and men to keep only its meaning as an intermediary between the „inner“ and „outer“ parts of someone.
I see several ways to read the ashes dog: you told me that the burning dogs were a task or a continuous way; the ashes are the end of a fire, but it’s not necessary a definitive end, as a new fire may rise from the ashes. So the ashes dog could represent the moment a task seems to be finished, although it’s not possible to know if it’s really finished or if it’s going to raise again.
Elsewhere, you stated that the Nightwalker represents the questions we ask and the goal we search to reach, without managing to, so I would read the whole thing as following: the Nightwalker is the intermediary between the questions we ask and their answer (or between the goal and its fulfilment), or eventually between us and the „forces“ that can bring us the answers. Then, there is two ways to interpret his relation with the ashes dog:
– he’s helping to find the answer, thus he enlighten the dog so much that his light snuff out the fire dog, which become ashes; the question is answered, hence the fire is extinguished, meaning the task is fulfilled.
– he makes the things more confuse by creating new questions: the ashes dog is going to be lighten again by his light (as light and heat are related) and a new task to raise from the ashes of a previous one.
The dog at the right is a bit of a mystery for me: it evokes me more an air dog than a fire dog, but interpreting it as a fire dog is easier for me: it would then be a question or task that’s „sleeping“: it has not come yet in the foreground of the mind, but it could be at any time.
I hope I’m not too confuse and still understandable.
Your interpretations are pleasant and I haven’t anything to correct. (I’m still surprised; I always thought, that my work is a book with seven seals.) To answer your question or better: to clear uncertainties, I want to add different things.
You are right with the “phoenix”- meaning of the Ash Dog: a new fire can rise, but it’s a soil for new life, too. Plants could grow. A finished task can be the basis of something new; everything evolves from that which exists.
All books are meant to be opened, even those with the tightest lock 😉
There is also hints in your other works, that helps to interpret. That’s why I’m looking all the works of your website, beginning by the older, and I read all the comments and your answers, that helps me to figure out how you think. I find your work usually easier to interpret in a detailed way than the work of Farphyni for example, because you use symbols with their usual meaning, while she gives a very personal meaning to the symbol presented in her works, making the interpretation very difficult, unless you can read in her head. I feel also that the „spirit“ (I mean the way your art is constructed) of your art is closer from the logics I’ve learned, especially in Renaissance’ painting (I had a fantastic lecturer in Italian Renaissance painting, her lecture on the Mannerism is the one that really learned to me how to „read“ artworks).
But don’t worry, some of your artworks are still totally obscure for me haha
Remind me volcanoes, they burn everything, but at the same time they fertilized the soil. In this case there is also an interesting choice for people: they can live close to the volcano and benefit of the good soils, but at the same time they can be killed by it.
It’s true, each work builds on the previous ones.
Ha, it doesn’t surprise me, that I get unlocked so easy by you, when you managed to interpret Farphyni’s work before. Besides the personal meanings of her symbols, her works are including way more symbolism and are more complexe. It’s always fascinating and difficult to dive into her world.
Oh, I want to learn more about the Renaissance way to create a painting, I just know a little bit about Da Vinci.
Which works are so difficult? Maybe I could refer to something, to give you some hints? (You see, I really enjoy your interpretations, haha)
I wouldn’t say I manage to interpret her work, let’s say I’m rather trying to interpret them x) I’ve a ten pages (so far) document with notes about her characters and what they mean, but that’s usually still not enough, there is always new characters, or the meaning of the existing ones changes x).
I’m sure you know other, like Arcimboldo, I think he has inspired a lot the surrealists later.
Most of the portraits with a single character, who doesn’t seem to be directly related to the other works actually, like this one for example: https://artofthe13th.wordpress.com/2017/08/24/wo-man-singt/
I see different elements, but I don’t manage to put everything together.
That’s a big effort, I do not even do for myself.
Haha yeah, especially the portrait of the austrian emperor. The reaction of his family wasn’t that great, after he commissioned him. Really funny.
I can understand, why they are hard to interpret. More subtile, and “too” simple. ;)
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