Mors vincit omnia (Death conquers all).

«Eternal Sleep — Mors Vincit Omnia», oil on canvas, 80 x 60 cm., 2021.

 

“Eternal Sleep — Mors Vincit Omnia”, 80 x 60 cm., oil on canvas, 2021.

One of the largest challenges for an artist is possibly that of deciding / daring to envision and portray oneself as dead. While Death itself is a fascinating theme for many artists, the psychological and superstitious reasons for not painting oneself as deceased keeps many artists in lockdown as regards trespassing and overcoming this mental and emotional hurdle.

On ne peut pas vivre sa vie en ayant peur de la mort. Mais soyez assuré que la mort l’emporte sur tout, y compris la peur.

You cannot live your life being afraid of death. But rest assured that death wins out over everything, including fear.

 

When Twilight Comes.

When twilight comes and consciousness sleeps in,

age-old echoes from prehistoric times begin to hum

Ego’s cradle-song … first with low, dark-brown

cello tones which cause bone-marrow to tremble until

it flows, and then with high, glossy, unheard shrieks

which can only be made by angels who mean to provoke.

In time, my uneven breathing becomes transformed

into turquoise-colored waves which whip my oversensitive

psychic fortress from sobriety, and near panic.

There are no guarantees that I am ready for the

extraordinary gift that I am to be given:

a glimpse of existence in its unbelievable purity, which

is so personal that I am forced to grab onto

my earthly reality and smash the perfection

into countless, cloudy bits of mirror which rain lightly

upon my consciousness. I awaken sweaty, but not

completely empty-handed .. and I am not the person

I once had been.

 

 


Nocturnal Journey.

In the twenty-fifth hour,

as sleeplessness concedes

to Jungian twilight,

the inviolate ticking

of the bedside clock

betrays consciousness

with sinister rhythm.

It is a requiem of

abandonment, whereby

unprotected souls are

magically ushered to the

threshold of time’s end.

Clockhands melt into

surreal images of groping,

disembodied appendages which

pull me down into the

infernal swirling oblivion.

I seem to fall forever;

plummeting past floating

sandstone ruins, through

prehistoric jungles and

at last into a vast galaxy

of translucent emerald shards.

The heartbeats of innumerable

still-terrified predecessors

urge me to scream before

striking bottom, and I

awaken in panic: grasping

for the luminous dial

of my unwitting timepiece.

 

Art gimmicks to attract fame: The “art of the hype” and/or “the hype of Art” …

Well, the concepts of “what is Art” and the changing business of selling art are causing me to scratch my bald head as I try to figure out what my next painting will be about, and what techniques/styles I will explore — all the while trying to avoid “gimmicks” and technical repetitions from my own previous works.

In that Mind process I have stumbled across some interesting (i.e. deliciously sarcastic) tirades by artists — about both the present usage of gimmicks, and questionable gimmicks used by Old Masters:

HOW TO: ART GIMMICKS

PAINTING GIMMICKS

DEFINE “GIMMICK”:

Read a great interview with Sianne Ngai, professor at Stanford University HERE!

So, is painting really «dead»? Not according to this article.

“We the People: Democracy by gun”.

Democracy by gun, oil on canvas, 100x80 cm., 2016.
Democracy by gun, oil on canvas, 100×80 cm., 2016.

“We the People: Democracy by gun”, oil on canvas, 100 x 80 cm., 2016. 

 

“We the People – Democracy by Gun” is a commentary on guns in the United States of America, and the dualism of the roles of guns in ensuring, maintaining and threatening democracy.

This is a painful one for me. I love America … it is my first love as a country, my Motherland and my cultural heritage. But America must awaken, and lead the way to a new and better consciousness. It is time.

The New America is still a work-in-progress / as yet unfinished. Will the politics of guns be made even more real/detailed? Or will it remain as shadows, playful abstractions … open for change? Will the stars re-unite with the tattered flag? Or will they continue to split apart and flee the spiritual Union? Will the children and young people stop bearing arms (symbolized by baby blue and pink AK47’s)? Will Americans of all colours finally end their power struggles, and find unity? Will the political issue ever be completed … and how? Distress eventually leads to reformation and new creation/renaissance. That is the good news.

 

We all have voices. Let them now be heard. Spread the word:
#stopthehate
#forbidpermitsandsalesofassaultweapons
#endlivinginfear
#endthepolicestate
#wecannotbreathe

 

Now … PLEASE!

adamglow

The artist.
The artist.