The Ecstasy of St Teresa Explained by the Mathematical Reconstruction of Gustave Courbet's Origin of the World
20x20” Oval oil on canvas
June 7, 2014
Bernini's Ecstasy of St Teresa
Gustave Courbet "The Origin of the World"
Last spring I was fortunate enough to visit both Paris and Rome. While there were many things in each city to affect my mind and the minds of all artists, Bernini's works in Rome, and Gustave Courbet's "Origin of the World" at Musee' d' Orsay in Paris struck me as having a kinship. While many do not delve underneath the robes of Saints, surely the scene depicted in "The Origin of the World" has a deep connection to the Ecstacy of Teresa.
The very first time I saw "The Origin", I was deeply affected, like most I suppose. But I knew immediately it lay in my future to be depicted mathmatically and fractally. What I did not know is that the fractal would provide for the viewer, the waves, energy and intesity of orgasm.
The granduer of Bernini's depiction with its rays, columns and flowiing robes is recreated with the many nuances of flesh tomes derived from "The Ecstasy". In my painting,the waves extend through and beyond the body to depict the orgasm's reach and power, and in this case,its link to God.
"The Ecstasy of St. Teresa Explained by the Mathematical Reconstruction of Gustave Courbet's Origin of the World" is composed of two fractals.
One flame fractal which composes the body and out of body waves, contractions, and rivulets of the orgasm. The second fractal, a 3d Mandelbulb which was used to form the predominant pubic hair of the piece.
It gives me sublime pleasure to present to you something both completely different, and exactly the same when considering my catalog.
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