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The Fool and the Image


The Fool and the Image

This is for those who are interested in or already possess the Fool within their artwork.

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Comment by Larry Caveney on April 22, 2012 at 14:02

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Comment by michael piper on April 1, 2012 at 9:44

Thanks ari, i appreciate your feedback. i will investigate these myths and see if i can inspire my thought process some more as i am aware of them but fairly ignorant in art and literary history. i am glad you felt the dark foreboding as that was my intention, i am very much still learning to use oils and to get a feeling accross with them. i like the idea of the fool signposting towards the darkness and i like the style you chose to use on this work. thanks again.

Comment by Ari Fuller on March 31, 2012 at 22:09

Hi Michael,

Welcome to the Fool and the Image group. I had a look at your work, and thought your technique was pretty good. I didn't get the impression that it showed the false side of human nature, I just got a dark foreboding. The idea of the Fool as a source of fear has been done quite a lot, and stems from early myths such as those relating to Dionysus and Pan, the Bacchanalian. I do think that you have achieved the darkness that you were looking for, because it definitely evokes a sensation, and I can appreciate you had a specific aim in producing these works. As for me, I prefer the Fool to point into the darkness, (as the green drawing below,) rather than personify the deeds and torments that can be found within such darkness. 

Comment by michael piper on March 31, 2012 at 15:21

Hey i am new to this site, i was looking through the groups and this one caught my eye. i use the image of the clown and the fool as a constant theme throughout my project The More I Smile, The Worse it Tastes. to me it was a way to show the false side of human nature. i am still in the process of uploading to here but these paintings can be viewed at http://www.behance.net/Michaelpiper  i would very much appreciate feedback and comments on my work. cheers, michael.

Comment by Marijim Reeves on February 25, 2010 at 22:59
I have been looking bit by bit through her things for that series. I believe I remember finding the slide carousel that she used to present them. (She did the series when she was getting her Master's Degree back in 1978 or 1979). I have boxes and boxes of her journals, books, poetry. It's sort of the "needle in a haystack" Still, I will try to find it. I was in junior high at the time and I believe it had a profound affect on my decision to pursue art.
Comment by Ari Fuller on February 25, 2010 at 21:39
Hi Marijim,
Thankyou for joining, and for your story.
Would you be able to post any photos of your Mum's work on here?
I would be very interested to see them. She sounds like a wonderful lady.
Kind regards,
Comment by Marijim Reeves on February 25, 2010 at 16:50
I just really like the idea. It's an inspiration to see what kind of fool I would come up with. My mother (deceased) was an artist, poet, musician who struggled with manic depression, but still managed to get her doctorate in literature. She did a whole series of "fool" paintings representing the person struggling with mental illness and how society views them no matter how productive or talented or intelligent they are.
Comment by Ari Fuller on December 18, 2008 at 3:40

I got my fool mainly from the tarot, and I was so proud, without realising that the fool is not an end to development, but more like a sign-post to progression and greater realisation of what he has in his bag.

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