Upper Chichester, PA
36.000 x 24.000 x 0.001 inches
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The Show Must Go On
Painting - Acrylic On Canvas
This painting is a conglomeration of symbols. The clock is set to midnight as the starry sky would indicate and also the sea seems rather dark as well. It can be seen as forboding or romantic. The water can represent abundance for what it contains (Plenty of fish in the sea?) but it can also be seen as a barrier or obstacle, like a challenge to overcome. A wide expanse to cross in order to reach a destination. The clock-man himself appears to be a showman, like a ringmaster representing performance or just the general game of life. The curtains can also be a reference to showbiz or just indicative of the window we are peering through. The bird can represent paradise and the rodent with the fruit- temptation. Or, perhaps it is the fruit we are called to bear, but it is rendered very small and therefore represents failure or regret. Yet there is fruit and so it does at least show some success or a modest faith. The yin and yang obviously either spiritual balance or spiritual battle. Also a different faith. The money can also be temptation or merely a symbol of wealth. Another of the many pursuits in life.
The figures on either side are male and female which is a reference to relationship or love. The fact that they are both musicians is interesting. The most obvious representation in the painting is time itself. Not only is it the centerpiece but it's being held by a hand as if to bring extra attention and add even more importance. As if to say "look at the time!!".
November 4th, 2010
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