ABOVE THIS ILLUSTRATION, PLEASE PLACE (FROM THE CURRENT COURSE) “PICASSO’S
GUERNICA” AND FROM THE NEW LIST “GUERNICA PHOTO”
alarming is Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory, 1931. Painted
chronologically between W.W.I, the Great Depression, and the Spanish Civil
War (1936-9), the work’s virtual reality reflects this Geist. The limp
watches can no longer function. The flies and ants serve to
decompose/deconstruct/erase time. The desert landscape is barren of life as
is the tree at left. If life is incapable of moving forward, then it must
turn backward. If cultural “progress” has lead to a dead end, a barren world,
then perhaps the promise of a return to the beginning is the only hope. The
object lying on the ground is an amorphous mass of flesh/tissue/body.
Not yet evolved into a
“being,” it may represent the development of life from the embryo to the
fetus, when the “creation” looks generically nondescript no matter whether it
be a blueprint for an elephant, cat, human, or bird. The world must be erased
for the evolution of a/any species to (re)occur. Hopefully, this next time
all will turn out for the better.
The occurrence of W.W.II
reinforced the pessimism. The destruction and genocide evident in the
aftermath would clearly force mankind to reassess its direction.