11 "Absence of Desire"

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"Standing in front of "Absence of Desire," I wonder: "Who feels the absence of desire? ". The absence is not explained by the decomposed, half‐naked, 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, 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 tearing the blue of the sky in their search of god. The iridescent stained glasses 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 a physical world which surrounds a man. One can say that the"stained glass" rejects the body (rather pointed out by outlines than depicted) in the same way as the Middle Ages rejected the body while accentuating the face which was transformed into an icon. The metal framework of the "stained glass" is converted into a kind of cage or grid which 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. In the course of the centuries, the human body has been admired for its beauty and its plasticity. Man has appreciated the joy of the flesh. But the body has also been rejected and even perverted.

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

Many people of today are convinced, they know the world inside out. They have tasted life in all its aspects and feel now that they are at the end of their tether. They are tired 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 the metaphor of absence of life. "Absence of Desire" is the stained glass window which opens into the gap of the cathedral of emptiness.

But as light splinters into darkness, new thoughts may take over in 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 before the essence of our being, evaporates and the keystones of our mental structure disintegrate.

When we stake a claim, however, to the needs and wants of our life, we may easily fail to live up to the standards of others. Therefore, empathy and connectedness might bridge the gap, by stirring our consciousness of the sensitive queries and by assessing the complex framework of our surroundings with their countless, prickly nitty-gritty warily.

When we crave the touch and the feel of an unfeigned world, we must not waver and put our quest on the back burner, but scratch the shining shell of a fair-weather world lucidly, find out how to discover real values; and foster a candid quality of our desire.

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