Harlequin Valentine, or Lustprinzip & Todestrieb

Recent­ly I had a dream where­in I was re­peated­ly meet­ing a dark-hair­ed wo­man, pre­domi­nant­ly in my work­place and other day-to-day en­viron­ments. On a very lit­eral level - as far as any such thing exists in dreams - it was just some­one who appear­ed to take plea­sure in my com­pany and who came to see me often, me enjoy­ing her com­pany and the atten­tion it brought, but not desi­ring any rela­tions bey­ond friend­ship. My self-effacing side would say she was a pro­jec­tion of lat­ent nar­cissism. How­ever, on an emo­tional and sym­bolic level, there was a deeper attrac­tion, but at the same time a mor­tal fear or sense of danger. This see­ming­ly nor­mal woman was at some non-apparent level a femme fatale. […Read more…]

Remedios Varo: Spiritual Confinement and Escape

Not a lot of words from me this time: just three pic­tures. This con­cep­tual trip­tych by Spanish/Mexican painter Remedios Varo is too beau­ti­ful not to share, and just a sample of her impress­ive body of work, rooted in European sur­real­ism, but with a dir­ec­tion all of her own. The three works, in chro­no­lo­gical order, are: Toward […Read more…]