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Absence of Desire , by Erik Pevernagie, 80 x 100cm, Oil on canvas  x x

When we decide to settle down outside the groove of our daily grind, we have room to discover the world of others who can revive our hidden desires and relaunch us into new adventures.

When we break the deadlock and stop doom-scrolling into the narrative of a fluctuating landscape of dispiriting thoughts, we can invite the flowers of compassion to blossom in our hearts and minds and overwhelm us with a spray of vibrant petals of well-being.

As light splinters into darkness, new thoughts may take over the mind and allow upbeat views to gain power. Thus and so, thoughtfulness readily opens a blistering sky in the faltering shadow of unawareness.

When we feel life escapes us and we don't recognize ourselves anymore, we do well to build a haven in our frame of mind. Let's act before the essence of our being is evaporated and the keystones of our mental structure disintegrate.

If we stake a claim, however, to the needs and wants of our life, we may fail to live up to the standards of others. Therefore, empathy and connectedness can bridge the gap by stirring our consciousness of sensitive queries and assessing our surroundings' complex framework with their countless, prickly nitty-gritty. When we desire the touch and the feel of an authentic world, we must not put our quest on the back burner. If we are lucidly engaged in scratching the shining shell of a fair-weather environment, we learn how to discover original values and foster the unambiguous quality of our desire.

We must not allow gaslighters to plunder the treasured gems of our mind file nor erode the translucent color of its quality.

Ludmila  about "Absence of Desire"  :

"Standing in front of "Absence of Desire," I wonder: "Who feels the absence of desire? ". We cannot explain the absence through the decomposed, halfnaked, headless female bodies. It is not confined to the painting. On the contrary, the absence of desire' gradually invades the beholder, who is in front of the picture.

The artistic approach, the requirements of the composition, and the structure of the canvas with its transversal lines and diagonals remind me of the stained glasses of cathedrals. The large needles of these cathedrals tear the sky's blue in their search for god. The iridescent stained glass is pouring light under the high vaults, which embody faith and belonging to the world beyond.

The beauty of stained glass removes all the thoughts of the physical world surrounding a man. One can say that the "stained glass" rejects the body, which is more pointed out by outlines than depicted. In the same way, the Middle Ages declined the body while accentuating the face, transforming it into an icon. The " stained glass " metal framework" is converted into a cage or grid that imprisons the body.

However, this rejection of the body leads us to a dead end. There are no faces, no heads: their absence precisely underlines the body, which has to be denied. People have admired the human body for its beauty and plasticity for many centuries. Man has appreciated the joy of the flesh. But the 'body' has also been rejected and even perverted.

The painting represents indifference and insensitivity towards the human body, particularly the woman's body. It outlines man's asexuality and inaction.

Many people of today are convinced they know the world inside out. They tasted life in all its aspects and felt at the end of their rope. They are tired now and are no longer able to invent themselves. At most, they are prepared to call upon some gadgets to create a pretense of desire. However, this is y deception. Nothing can make them want anything or anybody anymore. That feeling of wanting has become absent. That specific feeling has merely definitely died. 'The absence of desire' has become a metaphor for the 'absence of life.' "Absence of Desire" is the stained glass window that opens into the gap of the cathedral of emptiness."

Phenomenon: Lack of interest


Factual starting point: Gadget headless women