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Deterioration of Mind by ArtOfTheMystic Deterioration of Mind by ArtOfTheMystic
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DETERIORATION OF MIND OVER MATTER

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

Listed here: 25 Disturbing Art Pieces That Challenges People’s Sanity list25.com/25-disturbing-art-p…
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StiffPvtParts Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015
Nightmare fuel D:

(No offence)
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csuebele Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
Man, Otto, you come up with some pretty wild stuff!!! Great image!
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Miyazu Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
amazing
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RyuzakichiKun Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
Wow. That's pretty interesting way to picture the concept.<3
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xanoca Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
never mind :P
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xanoca Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you upload it again?
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Niki-Smith Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011   General Artist
This is insanely awesome. One of the more interesting pieces I've seen! Awesome detail, awesome concept
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drblahphotography Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW This is crazy awesome!
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Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks Dali-esque. Cool!
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MischaFox Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
magnificent
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Myronavitch Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
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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Bluesilver84 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Would love for you to join my group #DA-Art-Gallery
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ajatuslapsi Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010
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W-H-S-VI Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
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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ArtOfTheMystic Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
its 4 years later - you must be clairvoyant!!!! check this out: list25.com/25-disturbing-art-p… - it is listed here among the greatest artists in history, Bacon included! 
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phreak218 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Student General Artist
this gave me shivers down my spine before i even clicked it..
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HectorPineda Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
this is my principal fear, the loss of my mental faculties.
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Lilyas Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008  Professional General Artist
Not beautiful but very impressive! The true look into the mirror.
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madbaumer37 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
one of the most haunting paintings i've ever seen.
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13PaVel Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I got no words!
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Depret Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
:clap: wonderfull !
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okuko Featured By Owner May 9, 2008
Beautiful. Reminds me of Dali a bit. :+fav:
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fensterer Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
Pretty damn twisted! Amazing work! :)
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The-Blound Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
:faint:
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Green-Ink Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
amazing. wow..wow..i have no words.
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Cynic-Al Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007
Magnificent.
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DSil Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007  Student General Artist
Hellishly disturbing in the best way possible! I've always loved the visual and conceptual potential of fusing human anatomy with architecture. This looks almost like some bizarre, demonic cathedral.
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Jeejae-Stitches Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
Amazing. Simply amazing. And I like the excerpt from Poe's "The Conqueror Worm" that you included.
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Uglymuffintop Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007
Not only is the painting skills beyond comprehension, it's the execution of the entire concept that leaves me in awe. From the rotting flesh to the simple contribution of the safety pin, the surrealistic elements and the intricate details truly bring the emotions portrayed to life.
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MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007  Professional General Artist
A brilliant combination of sinister elements and surrealistic elements. Beautiful colors and a really great concept. A fascinating painting.
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itsnotfall Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007   Writer
great job, one of your best!
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melinah Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2007
malade !
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Vindrea Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing... :worship:
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psyh3rb Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
HOLY SHIT!
this one is my favourite painting, i can say that! i cant get my eyes off from the picture, i rellay want a copy of it on my bedroom wall, that will make it kinda creepy ^^
lovelovelove! +fav
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rathead4 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2007   Photographer
its very creative. can't...stop...looking...at....it
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Krakenfactor Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2007
amazingly detailed i really like it. it shows that u have an amazing imagination and u are able to express it through art. It's like a biology class nightmare. but it is a really awesome picture. :D
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Surrealism4humans Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2007
This has to be one of the best surreal peices I've ever seen in my life. And I'm actually begging Christ right this moment, to banish this caged head from my pleasent dreams.
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ArtOfTheMystic Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, thanks - I think! You kidding, of course, you're not really dreaming about this one - not even I do. I did get pleasure though watching reactions to it at art shows.....
Cheers
Otto
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gromyko Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
try this one...

This image had been featured in my latest article in DA news---->[link] ...go and check it out...DO NOT FORGET TO FAVE THE ARTICLE FOR US TO BE PUBLICLY KNOWN...THANKS
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ArtOfTheMystic Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, you guys are amazing, and you had put together a real great piece here! I am glad I found this site, and your group found me. Gets boring listening to your own hands clapping in a virtual vacuum all these years.
Cheers
Otto
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gromyko Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
well include my claps ten times...i :salute: your art very well...consider me an admirer...We are glad that you came here...its a pleasure to have a master near us...to guide our nightmares and dreams...may i also invite you to my club ...we are a few collaborative surrealists there...and we would love to have your company with us:...also check my friend and ffellow surrealist ...he would be pleased with your visit...:hug:
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ArtOfTheMystic Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, thanks, I'll look into it. I am honored to get your invite. My time is rather limited, so let me sleep on that, since I hate to make some committments I can't keep up with....
Cheers
Otto

PS: I really like your group, and admire the vitality in your activities
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gromyko Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Its okay mr. otto...sleep and wake!!!We'll be waiting!!!:hug:
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gromyko Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Greetings...congratulations...this image had been included in my News Journal entitled "Dreamscape:Surrealist Art of 2007"------>see here[link] and visit the other entries and DO NOT FORGET TO FAVE THE NEWS ARTICLE so that many people would see these masterpieces...
-gromyko
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Zimprich Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2007
an extraordinary work my respect
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ArtOfTheMystic Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. I was young then and absolutely loved scaring the bejeesus out of people!
Cheers
Otto
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larkin-art Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
great stuff!
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:iconartofthemystic:
ArtOfTheMystic Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
pleasant nightmares indeed! When I was younger, I loved to scare the pants off onlookers!
Cheers
Otto
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