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…
This painting of mine is decades old: I cannot remember how much it was sold for way back when, but surely I made more $ selling prints over all the years I had been with FAA/Pixels than I got for the original. Puzzling though that sales here on DeviantArt are lagging. It does pay to have more than one POD site. https://fineartamerica.com/featured/deterioration-of-mind-over-matter-otto-rapp.html
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.
Have you ever seen this within your fantastic painting?