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Deterioration of Mind

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Published: January 30, 2007
Location  Inner Universe
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acrylic on canvas, 20"x28", 1973

One painting, entitled “The Deterioration Of Mind Over Matter” is a frightening picture of a decomposing human scull firmly ensconed on some devilish birdcage in which the raw gore of mans physical being lies lifeless at the base. The parting flesh of the scull is secured by a tromp-loeil safety pin. This is truly an image that could have been utilized in the former issues of “Tales From The Crypt”, in fact it brings to mind in its own scary way the imaginations of Edgar Allan Poe. The poem, “The Conqueror Worm” comes to mind immediately:

But see, amid the mimic rout

A crawling shape intrude!

A blood-red thing that writhes from out

The scenic solitude!

It writhes! - it writhes! - with mortal pangs

The mimes become its food,

And the angels sob at vermin fangs

In human gore imbued.

Excerpt from the critique by J. Brooks Joyner, Editor Visual Arts, The Albertan, Saturday, May 29th, 1976

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StiffPvtParts's avatar
Nightmare fuel D:

(No offence)
csuebele's avatar
Man, Otto, you come up with some pretty wild stuff!!! Great image!
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RyuzakichiKun's avatar
Wow. That's pretty interesting way to picture the concept.<3
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never mind :P
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xanocaHobbyist General Artist
Did you upload it again?
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This is insanely awesome. One of the more interesting pieces I've seen! Awesome detail, awesome concept
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WOW This is crazy awesome!
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Blacksand459Hobbyist General Artist
Looks Dali-esque. Cool!
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This is just how I felt this morning when I awoke. Kidding aside, this is the best works of art I've seen submitted in several days if not weeks. It would be such a pleasure to view the original work.
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Would love for you to join my group #DA-Art-Gallery
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1 the world knew of his genius brilliance, intelligence, intellect, ability, cleverness, brains, erudition, wisdom, fine mind; artistry, flair. antonym stupidity.
2 she has a genius for organization talent, gift, flair, aptitude, facility, knack, bent, ability, expertise, capacity, faculty; strength, forte, brilliance, skill, artistry.
3 he is a genius brilliant person, gifted person, mastermind, Einstein, intellectual, great intellect, brain, mind; prodigy; informal egghead, bright spark, brainiac, rocket scientist. antonym dunce.
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It is quite odd, but no matter how many times I see this painting Otto, I always immediately see Bacon's "Study after Velazquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X" before the image of the head filters through! It is quite remarkable, even when compared side by side it is extremely evident. The cage of the jaw becomes the vertical streaks, the eye on the left morphs into the screaming mouth, the dripping purple eye socket and tongue take on the form of the robe, and the rock column becomes his papal throne.

Have you ever seen this within your fantastic painting?
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ArtOfTheMysticProfessional Traditional Artist
its 4 years later - you must be clairvoyant!!!! check this out:… - it is listed here among the greatest artists in history, Bacon included! 
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phreak218Student General Artist
this gave me shivers down my spine before i even clicked it..
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HectorPinedaProfessional General Artist
this is my principal fear, the loss of my mental faculties.
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LilyasProfessional General Artist
Not beautiful but very impressive! The true look into the mirror.
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madbaumer37Professional Traditional Artist
one of the most haunting paintings i've ever seen.
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13PaVelProfessional Traditional Artist
I got no words!
okuko's avatar
Beautiful. Reminds me of Dali a bit. :+fav:
fensterer's avatar
Pretty damn twisted! Amazing work! :)
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