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WHIRLPOOL

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

A PAINTING OF 'COMMON' THINGS


I'm thrilled to introduce you to "Whirlpool," a painting that's not just about colors on canvas—it's a visual journey inspired by the poetic magic of Pablo Neruda. Let me guide you through the layers of meaning woven into this piece.


Whirlpool: At the core of the canvas, we have the whirlpool. This isn't just a vortex of water; it's a metaphor for life's twists and turns, a visual representation of the emotional rollercoaster that defines our journey. Dive in, and you'll find the depths of introspection and the transformative power inspired by Neruda's exploration of profound questions. Hummingbird: Look closely, and you'll spot a hummingbird. It's not just there for show. This little guy symbolizes agility and joy, dancing gracefully through life's currents. It's a reminder of the delicate balance between strength and fragility, capturing the fleeting beauty of moments—much like the imagery Neruda often painted with his words. Bee: Buzzing around, the bee isn't just about pollination; it's a symbol of diligence and interconnectedness. Much like Neruda's odes to common things, the bee here reminds us of the importance of unity and shared experiences in the intricate ecosystem of life that Neruda so beautifully captured in his poetry. Fishes: Swimming around in the mix, the fishes embody the fluidity of emotions and the diverse paths of life. Navigating the currents with grace, they represent the interconnected journeys we all navigate, both individually and collectively—a theme often explored in Neruda's verses.

Water: And, of course, there's water—the backdrop that ties everything together. Its fluidity embodies the inevitability of change, much like the profound musings on life and existence found in Neruda's "Book of Questions." The aquatic setting becomes a metaphorical space where life's questions and experiences, as inspired by Neruda, beautifully intertwine.

"Whirlpool" is my visual ode to the profound themes explored by Neruda. It's an invitation for you to contemplate the harmonious relationship between the natural world and the human psyche—a journey through the interconnected beauty of these elements, guided by the spirit of Neruda's timeless poetry. So, dive in, explore, and let the art and words speak to you.



Image: Original Painting on textured paper, watercolour, ink, acrylic and graphite. Comes with wooden frame triple mounted, one mount has been hand painted with ink. True Vue Museum non reflective UV protective glass.

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