The part of oil paintings is devoted to the body and its frontality. I paint sleeping people; visually their positions are light, liberated and natural. Nevertheless, this complex state puts them in a situation of vulnerability and extreme fragility, they are both abandoned phantom-bodies, abandoned or undertaken by reverie, as well as very physical and static, trapped by gravity, heavy. I think it's this duality: a non-frontality and a non-temporality that captivates me so much.
The moment of sleep therefore represents in a way an unconscious act of the decorporalization of our existence, of the social and identity system
while you gave as the source the biblical text on the force of good against evil, I found the connection between the first sentences and my painting. indeed, the moment of sleep is vulnerable, but also liberating from all power. "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. " in my painting I am interested in this freedom from all forms of identity, from the social and political system, my sleepers do not need to hide or play a role, they are free from their own image.
Precisely, the spiritual battle you mention, it happens outside the sleeper, maybe in his head, in his dreams or nightmares, there are battles, as there are every day after waking up. I paint real sleepers to find this peace (as you say), maybe it's a spirit of peace, but for me, the sleeper represents freedom, from all forms of power. Especially that which we in society must represent "an image", for example a role in society, and while our body sleeps, this image is desirable, but also it does not care about pressures. I understand that your Bible piece (Ephesians 6:10-20) at the very beginning talks about that. And all that I interpret the words in this way, and I found this painting representative. So, yes they doesn't have anxiety here, nor fear, nor needs. It may not be "a battle" but “a serenity” that we sometimes miss, when we open our eyes. To contemplate.
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