There are only a couple of species that recognize themselves as individuals in a mirror. We're one of them. And that recognition comes with a price. Namely, that if we are distinct, then we end. This painting is an exploration of this idea, that the answer to these lines from Yeats,
is everything (all of life and love and creation, and all of war and death and destruction) and nothing at all.But is there any comfort to be found? Man is in love and loves what vanishes, What more is there to say? […]
I'll look at this more clearly in the blog for my research project as this painting is a small scale study for one set of figures that will make up the mural in that project, and also because this idea is fundamental in developing an understanding of violence, creativity and spectacle.