I like to draw from time to time and always enjoyed art at school (albeit I wasn’t great at it). So regardless of the fact that we are all locked in and trying to keep ourselves occupied, we enjoyed this activity a long time before.
I’m fond of Salvador (Dali)
In 1999 (tender age of 20 something) I spent the final year at University hanging out with an art student. I was studying computing but wanted a break from 24/7 techie talk. I attended art exhibitions for a mindset change, hosted by students, and made a new friend. This friend of mine was a big fan of works by Salvador Dali. Long story short, over the course of the year I too became a fan of his work. I kept rabbiting on about it at home, so for my next birthday I got a re-print of one of Dali’s master pieces (I wouldn’t have said no to an original).
Autumnal Cannibalism (1936)
The re-print was called Autumnal Cannibalism. The original was painted in 1936, the year the civil war began in Spain. The painting is a representation of the horrors and destruction of war and the devouring of sexual relationships. Not quite sure why I got this particular one as I am a peace loving, laid back chap. Maybe someone was trying to tell me something? Here is the picture:
So I became Dali for a Day
Over the weekend, and has a monthly mantra to draw and show each month, I attempted my own version. In true Dali style here is the sum of my efforts, with an explanation of what it represents.
“The decay of me”
At the centre of this drawing is a tree, on one side it is flourishing with lush green leaves, while on the other side it is discoloured, it’s branches with no leaves.
I love apples and oranges so play on that for the eyes. But over time and with no attention the fruit has rotted, lost it’s colour and will become distasteful. “Time” features heavily in Dali’s paintings, and so I re-used the slopping clock to show we have no grasp over time, even though we think we do.
One of my biggest fears is losing the ability to think on my feet, something I’ve learnt from my passion for stand up comedy; hence the boxes with an image of a brain. While in my youth (and my job) I was constantly coached to “think outside the box”, as we get older and more responsible, our capability to push boundaries gets restricted. And with age, the risk that I could forget things, things important to me (hence why I blog)!
Keeping on the theme of responsibility, we go from care-free and free talking to a more ‘sealed lips’ approach. Having to watch what we say to show diplomacy in many relationships.
And no Potatosandwich artwork would be complete without a cycle – I am always in a hurry to finish and get back home.
“I draw without hesitation, while I may speak with hesitation”