The painting "The Mystery", is unique within my recent paintings in many ways. I usually dedicate these pages to an explanation of the thoughts that led me to the painting, and its meaning. I will admit to you dear reader, for the first time in many paintings, that I have no idea what it means.
I can however, show you the influences that created this painting in my mind, and then leave it to each and every individual to find their own meaning.
One day at work I saw the picture on the right here hanging on a managers door. From far away I was intrigued, recognized the classical Dali coloring and went over to take a photo of it. I knew I wanted to base my next painting on just the landscape, not knowing anything about what would fill it. Soon after I made the three dimensional fractal which appears in it thinking it was not only mysterious, but had perfect coloring for the background chosen. It was the first item to be chosen for the composition.
Upon seeing the fractal on th ebackground I immediately knew I wanted to include a sheet wrapped woman and a rock to finish the work. Why? I have no idea. but again I can give you where I drew the influences from. The first element after the mysterious fractal I knew I wanted in the painting was the anonymous woman whapped in a sheet, but from memory and not reference, I wanted her to have the pose of the woman in Dali's "Dali Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening", I have no reason why.
I also knew my rock should be fashioned after the rocks that appear in Dali's Dali "Shades of Night Descending" and was stunned when I looked it up to find (as I had forgot) there is a wrapped figure, In Dali's painting, the figure is attached to the rocks, like a cocoon, where I had my figure on the ground. Just one of the aspects of mystery of "The Mystery".
Inspiration for "The Mystery"
There are many mysteries within "The Mystery". First is the strange fractal structure which, while organic, is very architectural, but seemingly impossible as it is extremely top heavy. I also noticed in the openings of the structure that two of three persona that appear in Dali's "Old Age, Adolescence, Infancy (The Three Ages)". Can be found. The second mystery is both the identity and reason for the wrapped female figure, and what the relationship to the pose of Dali's "Dream Caused" painting. Some elements of the pose are mimiked, and others do not, but I know I based the pose on the woman in this painting. The third mystery is caused by the shadow that emits from the lower left corner. In the picture above it is created by the floating male, but in "The Mystery" the position of the sun is opposite to the inspirationsl picture. This means there is a figure just outside of the painting casting a shadow into the field of view. WIthout really knowing, I feel this figure is key to the painting and understanding the meaning of the work.
What do you think?