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""Amour en friche"" - ""Fallow lying girl "" , by Erik Pevernagie, 100 x 80 cm, oil on canvas

In memory of "Amy Winehouse"


When people are missing out on their choices and cannot make a distinction between pleasant, witty, funny, filthy, or scurrilous walks of life anymore, they will have a hard time to inhabit a pleasing and enriching experience; and to integrate into a world of understanding and recognition.

If we don't stay undyingly hungry for attention and awareness, our life is doomed to remain desperately fallow.

If energy and enthusiasm are quenched and feelings are dried up, if emotions remain scorched and parched, love and affection become tangled in a flat and numb marsh. Nothing is growing any longer: no flowers, no foreseeable hope, and no conceivable prospects. As no seed of loving care is sown, no bud comes into flower. A growing expectation has become an illusion, and life has come to a standstill.

Love is lying fallow. "Amour en friche."

When love gets on the slippery slope, ignorance or indifference might be the keystones of disillusionment.

When love has left us in the lurch, and nothing ever strikes a chord anymore, we have to realize that the vibrations of happiness have disappeared in a vacuum. The ethereal and exalting feel of harmony that we may have ignored before is absent, now that time has passed by, and everything has expired.

Love might be frightening, at times, and some may be scared of becoming infatuated. Instead, they prefer to chicken out when walking on thin ice: poise and guts are letting them down.

A romantic escapade mostly turns out to be a gamble and remains an adventure with surprises. Love is like a musical score, sometimes very tuneful, creating a harmony of sounds, sometimes extremely harsh, striking a hell of false notes.

Singer Amy Winehouse felt as if she was lying fallow in a wasteland, "with tears dry, dying a hundred times, going back to black" and leaving eventually for a place of ultimate sorrow and heartbreak, for a point of no return.

The painting shows us a girl lying fallow in a scattered structure of a minimalistic set of untilled surroundings, in a wasteland, devoid of passion.

Phenomenon: Love in need of attention and consideration''.

Factual starting point: Girl lying