...it is from that hour that I incline to date my Spiritual New-birth, or Baphometic Fire-baptism; perhaps I directly thereupon began to be a Pig.

November 21, 2005

Art pigs

Miss Maude is a dark, troubled, artistic soul, as this photo clearly shows: she spends a lot of time brooding in corners and toilets. This was taken during what, for normal guineas, would be a fun playtime. For Maude, it was clearly an existential hell.

An existential hell named Bessie, that is. Like her biggest artistic influence, the great Picasso, Bessie recognizes that traditional Western methods of representation in visual art limit the scope of perception to a single moment, a single angle. Here, she demonstrates the concept of parallax.

Like the cramped yet individuated and emotionally atomized figures in such early modern masterpieces as Daumier's "Third-Class Carriage" and Seurat's "Dimanche a La Grande Jatte," Maude and Bessie dramatize the characteristic modernist experience of "anomie" or isolation in the midst of the crowd; the sensation of being surrounded by strangers who are irremediably separate from the self and wholly unknowable.


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