It's absolutely striking and terribly beautiful. It matches perfectly the way I felt until very recently and echoes my feelings so bloody well. As always, when I fall in love with a piece of art, I find myself at a loss of words. But I find the way you treated the lights and the colors amazing. It's so inspiring and makes me want to draw and paint all night long. Thank you for sharing it with us. Bravo!
"In order to be enlightened, one must fall, disintegrate, die, and be reborn. I tried to mirror my personal stage of this path, the moment before descending into the black abyss." "one must fall, disintegrate, die," "one must die." So you're telling me... you must die!
Hmm, I am somewhat stuck between two interpretations of this piece. Off to the left we have the man reclining in the chair wearing the Jester's cap, perhaps symbolizing being seen as a fool or dreamer who pursues foolish ideas. To the right we have the school of fish circling up from the black depths to encircle the lamp-jellyfish.
Now I could see this going one of two ways. The first interpretation and the one I think least likely is that the fish are the masses of people swimming from the depths of ignorance towards the glow of truth, while you (the figure on the left) watch on as they pursue their own truths. You are left to judge their pursuit from your separate vantage point, never reaching the jellyfish but arriving at a sort of self-realization that comes from observing the others.
The other interpretation I thought of (and the one I think FAR more likely) is that the swarm of fish are again, the masses of people in this world swimming up from ignorance towards the glow of the jellyfish. Now in the real world, Jellyfish prey on other fish, and here again could be this case. The fish swarm in their school towards a false or harmful truth (the Jellyfish) which captivates their attention and drives them to their own destruction. You watch from the left, wearing the fool's cap and appearing a madman, but ultimately far more aware of the truth of the Jellyfish's harmful nature than any of the naive souls who follow it.
As for those crazy socks, I have no bloody idea. Are any of my above-mentioned interpretations correct, or close to correct?
You know this got me thinking about fish. The more I thought the more I wondered, would fish would even care to know that Ann lies?
Wow that's wonderful! I really admire your way of looking at this piece. I often paint subconsciously, though the idea is present I never know what or how it will turn into upon completion so your interpretation is not incorrect. I just realized the parallel between solitude of the jester compared with the fish, and it makes sense for them to symbolize the crowd, doesn't it?
Thanks so much! I love interpreting poetry and art, and this piece really struck me as interesting and relatable. You have quite the skill as an artist and no part of this felt out of place. Even those crazy socks (or perhaps tentacles, ala' H.P. Lovecraft?) felt like they somehow deserved to be there, even if I could not find their significance.
I love how the lamp shade shape of the jellyfish and the presence of the chair make this picture feel like a picture of room that has been severely abstracted to reflect the emotional state of the figure. I'm also a fan of the socks. Somehow they seem uncomfortably emotive; I hate that feeling when your socks are too loose and they keep sliding off your feet!