Thursday, April 11, 2013

Lacan's graph of desire

So here's a painting, in acrylics, of Lacan's graph of desire, without all the text and with the "voice" arrow pointing to a huge open mouth. The concept was that the further down the graph, the more chaotic the colours, the more the mouth consumes. Or, the more the mouth externalizes. It's inspired by Gertrude Stein's "Lifting Belly" which kind of conceptualizes erotic and emotional desire as a maternal or feminine thing. Also, the graph of desire, devoid of text, appears like a sigil or a rune, a magical thing. In another sense, the graph is an example of pareidolia, especially with the mouth. Click to embiggen

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