Method: It's all done with photos and a drawing tablet. Most the wood grain is drawn. It's not generated by the computer.
Content: The title gives a good indication of what this one’s about. The figure is transfixed between dimensions, or layers of reality, and this is emphasized with the horizontal and vertical lines intersecting in the center of the head. I don’t really like full symmetry, so the two sides, while of the same size are different: the head is not exactly symmetrical; the configuration of bubbles don’t match; and the background is continuous.
This piece also relates to the idea that, in complete mental stillness a new dimension opens. Another way to see it is to imagine the person has somehow stuck his head through a ceiling, and instead of finding himself peering into the upstairs, instead finds his head has melded with the floorboards, and he discovers himself caught in a space between mirror realities.
I endeavored to infuse a lot of ideas and sensations into the image. For example, if you look at the smaller bubbles near the landscape, you might get the feeling of being in the ocean and of a wave having passed. And where the head intersects with the wood, the absence of the top of the head combined with the outward radiating wood grain suggests a clearing and vast opening of the mind. Where the wood grain crosses the eyes and turns red: the mysterium tremendum. A figure in the background walking in the woods could be searching for, or having discovered, a corpse. Another read is that the background figure shot the figure caught between realms of existence and non-existence. The instance depicted may be the crossing of the threshold of death.
[Note: nod to The Last Supper and the other kind of "fixion" might be pretty obvious. Oh the bubble disciples.]
SEE PROCESS FOR MAKING THE WOOD-GRAIN AND BUBBLES HERE:
SEE A FLASH ANIMATION OF SEVERAL STAGES OF THE IMAGE HERE:
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