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ORGY OF ABSTINENCE

Acrylic on canvas
152 x 91.5 cm

Here we have a solitary monk in the tenebrist style of Jacopo die Ribeira or Gherardo delle Notti, trying to find a justification in the bible for his cruel abstention. Just a little doubt slipped into his mind and a trickle of suspicion into his bloodstream. He clearly hears his solitude enlarge, while he faces an inner dimensional dead end. It is a diabolical propensity for self-torture, that is asked of him. He leans against a stick that with all probability used to be cross. He is victim of his own probity, a fanatic to the limits of absurdity, seduced by the Holy Church. It seems, however, that he can’t extinguish his own ardour. His mind is torn between nectar and cyanide. Yes, his mind has been contaminated by scepticism. Will he escape from his splendid blindness? Or will he be doomed to insignificance, just brooding over his degraded virtues. Will he be released from his chains of superstition, his metaphysical straight-jacket?

He seems to wander the back alleys of paradise, where nothing exists to be saved. There’s no need for his religious safety-box, he exists only to be drawn into the the slow and endless swirling of life’s mutations. Will this be his moment?


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