Thursday, September 3, 2009

Rise and Fall



The monkey on the couch is a manifestation of subconscious sexual impulse, Freud's id. The reflection reveals an additional monkey on the opposing mantle, his ass poised in the face of an angel holding up the virgin. The head of the second monkey is concealed by the crop of the mirror, but is positioned in the location of the woman's gaze, which also appears to be looking you, the viewer, in the eye. In essence, I've painted the viewer into the composition as a monkey.