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Absence of desire

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

"Standing in front of "Absence of Desire," I wonder: "Who feels the absence of desire? ". We cannot explain the absence 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 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 a physical world which surrounds 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, which they 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. For many centuries, people have admired the human body 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 the 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 tasted life in all its aspects and feel now that they are at the end of their rope. 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 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." ((Krasnova, Ludmila)

But 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, 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 quickly 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 authentic world, we must not waver and put our quest on the back burner. But let us 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.

Phenomenon: Lack of interest

Factual starting point: Gadget headless women