the new messsiah

 the new messiah mixed media on canvas 20" x 16"

the new messiah
mixed media on canvas
20″ x 16″


4 responses to “the new messsiah

  • crimson

    very well put… your words here speak as strongly as your painting… it’s really a pleasure (visually and intellectually) to follow your blog, where both words and images hold such thought and effort as well as positive energy that it never fails to stimulate.

    please keep on working…

  • reinawords

    each time i look at the piece, i see a new meaning… i look at it now and think that in addition to the aspect of idolising a corrupted image projected by an industrialised, mechanised and corrupted society (which were my first thoughts) that it also represents idolising a particular vanity of body where there is no thought in the head nor meaningful accomplishment with the hands, nor meaningful journey with the feet.
    following a leader/leaders/idols/projected images/false illusions which is/are not only corrupt but static…
    no leadership out of the muck and mire, but encouragement to wallow in it, all the while with the false comfort of glitz and “show”…

    truly a powerful piece; it disturbs just as it should…

    • namesi

      thank u for yo words. i hope that the image will continue to present you with different meanings every time you look at it. it is certainly one of the densest paintings i have done in terms of symbols and the interaction between symbols.

      you’ve expressed an important concern in the painting: the concept of beauty and the society’s reverencing of this concept. for many people, in my opinion, the concept of beauty is taught to them and regularly reinforced by the various forms of media and also, in some cases, their own family, ‘friends’ and community.

      there are some who are able to independently recognise that their sense of beauty and their personal appreciation of self are different and stand firmly on their own ground. But there are still so many, it seems, who accept wholly and whole-heartedly the ideals presented externally to them as truth. And so many large segments of the population are inordinately preoccupied with fulfilling this ideal.

      men and women, no matter their age, body type or ethnicity, are presented with the images of the ‘sexy’ body’ sure to get the attention of everyone else. Exercise is good. Health is good. i may be wrong but in most of these ads encouraging a slimmer waistline and so on, do you get the feeling that they are concerns with health and living longer or is the focus primarily, if not only, on appearance? On how you feel about yourself because others now see you in a certain way?

      there are those, men and women, who feel less than a person because their stomach doesn’t match the the optimum image-ideal. i’ve seen advertisements on television where wonderfully shaped women, women who look like the sensuous ideal of the renaissance period, take pills and enter diet programs and, in the end, just look bony.

      in some societies, to see that kind of change in a person, would have been the signal to immediately the doctor, medicine man, shaman or bush doctor because that person was sure to be dying a painful gruesome death! And in a sense, this may not so far from the truth in our society. We could be witnessing the painful gruesome death of our humanness yet, increasingly anaestheticized, we do not even recognise it.

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