The 3 Obsessions.

My first painting that lead down this path came out of writing .  I was looking back at old things I wrote, and everything was around Art, Sex, and Death.  So I decided to personify these three.  They became the The Three Obsessions.  Much like sirens, when they are around they pull me in.  They are the things that intrigue me.  Actions , excitement, and excess.  I decided to go further into their nature and their mythology.   The first installment begin with these three.

ARTArt: Art The Free Wanderer. Art is it the younger sister of Death, cousin of Dream, best friend and dance partner of Sound. She is a free wander of the world. She presides over inspiration, color, shape, and form. She has the ability to change form and color. Art has the ability to see into the soul and to express it in its fullest form. She has the ability to create and destroy.
Her Eyes have the ability to change state to see this soul and truth in everything. She has the ability to change perception. She is the allusive love and obsession of the Arbitor. In a moment of jealousy, her Sister Death steals the Heart of the Arbitor and hides it away.

SEX

Sex: Sex The Fox Witch. She has the power to take over the mind and make her will come to reality. She is an aristocrat, a goddess of desire. She can transform into a fox. She has the ability to bit and run. She lost her right eye in a knife fight with Love. She both admires and despises Love. When she lost her eye in the battle against Love, Death, her best friend, replaced it, and connected it to one of her crows, Atticus. She has the ability to see into death. This brief look into the soul is only achieved through climax.

 

DEATHDeath: Death The Queen Beyond the Void. She is the older sister of Art, best friend of Sex, surrogate mother of Freedom, former lover of Knowledge, and Challenger of Life. She works behind the scenes of all actions. She tries her best to find ways to bring her influence on all forms. She is beautiful and frighteningly cunning… She steals the Heart of the Arbitor and keeps it as a trophy. She was defeated by Love in a battle for Knowledge. She mutually loathes Love with her friend Sex.  She was the one that found a way to curse Knowledge. This in turn forces Love and Knowledge apart. She in turn raises there son, the lone soldier Freedom. She can’t look into the souls of people she hold a second set of eyes. This set can pierce through any form.

Next set The Cursed : Knowledge, Space, and Time.

Cognition : ID, Ego, and SuperEgo

This autobiographical mythos is a language—much like the hieroglyphs of Egyptian, Aztec, and Asiatic cultures, written languages that were one part image, one part sound, and one part phrase. Each piece stands alone but is a part of a larger visual narrative. Within the work, various symbols create a coded language that in turn creates a phrase, speech, or title. This coded language not only speaks to the fictional visual narrative but is also a reflection of my own life. Deeply personal messages, thoughts, theories, and experiences are on display. The image itself reflects aspects of the fictional mythological narrative. There is a coded language present within the images. This code speaks to the worlds of reality and the dreamscape. The symbols, plants, items, animals, colors, words, numbers, and figures contain specific meaning to the character or deity while also speaking of actual events in my life. These events are tagged into each piece, creating the last feature. The breaking and exploding are representations of myself as I delve into my own psyche. This is me self-dissecting my psychology.

Within a single painting the work stands out as a phrase.  An example would be the Fox Mask (Sex) + Space Halo (A place) + Knowledge Halo (to learn) = a place to learn through Sex = Sexuality…  Use of triptychs allow the phrase of one piece to grow and become more elaborate telling a larger story.   The repeating image of breaking and exploding are representations of me delving into my own psyche.  This is a self dissection of  my  psychology.

The number 3, much like the language theme, appears throughout the series, and is reflected in “The Three Obsessions” (Art, Sex, and Death), “The Cursed, Jaded, and Relentless” (Knowledge, Time, and Space), and “The Dancing Passions” (Love, Life, and Music/Sound). Breaking this up is the wandering character, the Arbiter, an avatar representing the artist—myself. (Plus, I can’t afford models.) In this dreamscape world the Arbiter changes through his interaction with the deities. These forms are Jungian archetypes.

The first interactions are with “The Three Obsessions”.  This transforms the Arbiter into Ego, ID, and Superego. This is a well known Freudian  concept.  This is a  look into my own mind, while adding to the story of the Arbiter’s Journey.  Ego is a dark figure with giant hands, electric hair, a brilliant chakra, and color pumping through his veins; The Creator. Ego is my reality.  This figure appears when the Arbiter is endowed by Art.  Ego is the search for pleasure through the real world.  It is the force in which I find my solace through creative means.  His large hands are a representation of tools used to get there.  They are also a force used to destroy.  This aggressive aspect is a link to ID.

ID is a feral figure with wolf eyes, sharp fangs, a bottle of whiskey and long, loose hair: the Outlaw. This figure is predominant in proximity to Sex. It touches upon my primal ambitions and pleasure-seeking nature. This figure shouts down all thought and self-scrutiny. This primal urge has been fought, but must sometimes be surrendered to. A freeing release from the constraints of Time and Space. The primitive nature of Sex (Eros) and aggression (Thanatos/Death), and their kinship to each other are why the two deities are closely bound in this narrative.

Superego is an angelic figure wearing a Tibetan Shiva mask, wings, and a fiery sword, rides a white horse, and has a hole where his heart should be: the Ruler. This figure is a product of the Arbiter and Death. Superego is the judge and punisher of actions. The consciousness of experiences. This consciousness also creates the “Guilt Ghost”. This figure is no deity, but a lingering specter of societal norms and scruples forced on me by past influences. (Parents, teachers, etc.) Superego represents the aspect of the person I should be, or want to be. Though this form is a terrifying image, it is a silent judge of the actions of mankind, revealing itself only when circumstances are dire. It is a reflection of a saint or martyr complex that silently plays in the back of my thoughts.

 

 

The Myth

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This new body of work is based on a personal mythology.  I’ve taken in my knowledge of Christian, Hindu, Japanese, and Tibetan Buddhist imagery to  create these Gods and Goddess of the things, ideas, and emotions that pertain to myself.  It is a way to release my emotions and ideas through cryptic messaging.  So far the myth is based around art, sex, and death.  This comes from reviewing my writings from the past and now.  These themes consistently show up.

Death is the oldest of the three.  She holds the heart of the arbiter (myself).  She walks through a red door entering our world not as an agent, but as an observer.  She has appeared in many of my pieces before.

Second is Sex.  She is has one eye and this distorts her vision and those she encounters.  She wears a fox mask. Though she lacks vision she is quick witted, sly, and elusive.  The crow she carries is a gift from death.  It i believed that the moment of climax the body is in a state of full release much similar to death.  The crow is gives the vision to those who reach this state.  This gift of vision is a replacement for her missing eye.

Lastly there is Art.  She is the sister to death.  Death and art in in a struggle for the attention of the Arbiter.  In her jealousy, Death stole the heart of the Arbiter.  As a hit against her sister, Art has given new life to the Arbiter in the form of Ego.  This character represents the immortal soul. His large hands are used to create and destroy. Immortality is essentially the long standing gift of art.  Those who have passed on are still remembered through their work.  She gives life to meaningless things.

There are a few characters still in development.  One is Knowledge, a cursed soul forced to carry around the knowledge of the universe, yet unable to see it and speak of it himself.

I’m also bringing back the Imps from a previous series of work.  These are the seven deadly sins of biblical reference.

The story and symbols are even more elaborate, but I have to keep a few secrets to myself.  (I was told that once.)